Keeping yourself healthy is a sure-fire way to boost your wellbeing and increase your feelings of happiness.
There are two key parts of staying healthy: looking after your body and taking care of your mind. Once you have these in hand, you’re more likely to exceed in other areas of your life; socially, financially and professionally.
Because we want you to stay as well as possible, we’ve put together a list of tips and advice to enable you to stay mentally and physically active.
Looking after the mind
Having good mental health is really important for your wellbeing, and empowers you to achieve more and be the best you can be.
If you’re looking for support or advice, there are plenty of free resources at the click of a mouse. Take a look at www.mind.org.uk for tips on how to manage your mental health in any situation, or check out NHS Every Mind Matters to build your own personalised wellbeing plan!
If you’re looking for an extra helping hand that you can pick up and put down whenever you want, try downloading HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a mindfulness app that offers support on the go. It can help you stress less, move more and sleep better! You can find HeadSpace on your mobiles app store.
Getting a good night's sleep is key to having great mental wellbeing. Sticking to a daily routine will help you get the sleep you need to feel refreshed and tackle your to-do list!
Try to also avoid using your phone past 9pm. We know the lure of scrolling social media can be strong, but putting away your devices on a night will help you relax and unwind before bed.
Another trick to looking after your mind is to take some time for yourself. Sometimes it may feel like there’s not enough hours in the day, but even taking 15 minutes to gather your thoughts can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing.
Looking after the body
Physical exercise is amazing for your wellbeing, and has many benefits, including boosting your mood, relieving anxiety and improving your health.
There are plenty of free exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home. Try using household items like tinned food or bottles of water for weights, or you can use your stairs as your own personal exercise machine!
There’s also plenty of free work out videos for a range of different abilities on YouTube too. If you need a helping hand, or some advice on how to train out of the gym, make sure you take a look by searching ‘home workout’ or ‘home exercise’.
If you prefer exercising in the great outdoors, why not download the couch to 5k app to help you get running? Designed for beginners, each week builds in difficulty and in nine short weeks, you’ll be running 5k with no problems. You can find the couch to 5k app on your mobile app store.
Your health and wellbeing is extremely important to us. We'd like to know how you're doing within your community so we can have a better understanding of where you need our support.
We've created a short wellbeing quiz that will help shape the way we work with you in the future. Please click on your area to take the quiz: