Current events have meant that life has changed in many ways for all of us and the isolation and sad news associated with the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s health and wellbeing.
To help people adjust to the changes and find ways to cope, Warwickshire County Council is reminding people how important it is to look after themselves and seek support.
How people choose to look after their wellbeing is as unique as each person, but there are some things everyone can try which will make a positive difference:
- When at home, don’t sit down for too long and add little breaks to your day
- Don’t forget about movement, whether it’s a few stretches as the kettle boils or a lunch time stroll, anything you do to increase your movement will be beneficial
- Take notice of nature. You could spend time with the windows open to let fresh air in or spend some time in the garden, walking outdoors or looking up at the stars
- Get into a routine where possible and add in an exercise slot, maybe Pilates or yoga at home or an evening jog – if you set some time aside each day it will help you continue to lead an active lifestyle
- Don’t compare and despair, we all lead different lives with different goals and constraints, do what works for you and your lifestyle
- Avoid habits such as smoking and drinking as they can negatively impact your wellbeing
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said:
“We’re all navigating our way through these unusual times and while we adjust to our own new normal, people should make sure they are also taking some time to focus on their health and wellbeing. Time out to connect with others, appreciate small things, and take notice, whilst trying to maintain an active lifestyle, can help reduce feeling of anxiety or sadness.
“Anyone who needs additional support is reminded that local health and wellbeing services continue to be available, although in a slightly different format as they observe social distancing guidelines.”
For more information and advice on a range of services to support your health and wellbeing in Warwickshire including, mental health and wellbeing, dementia, keeping active, stopping smoking, drugs, alcohol and sexual health issues, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirushealth
For general information about council services during the pandemic, and support for vulnerable people visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus