Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Self Care and Self Help Therapies

Self-care is the act of caring for you and making a conscious effort to do things you enjoy and will benefit from, in order to improve mental and physical well-being. It’s about being aware of your own health, identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them.

Staying At Home With Coronavirus – Cheshire East Council’s Public Health Team have created a booklet of information and things for you to try at home.

Further information for Adults

Further information for Children and Young People

Five ways to self care and wellbeing

Being active isn’t just about our physical health it helps us to feel good too. Something as simple as going outside for a walk can boost our mood. Discovering something you really like doing is the most important bit. For more information on where you can walk safety during the lockdown visit our useful walking links page.

We have set up the One You Cheshire East service to help residents live a healthy lifestyle. This includes information, advice and free services to help you to exercise, eat healthily and to lose weight.

Yoga techniques are available on YouTube Ministry of Yoga Crewe playlist 

Kind to your Mind has range of useful resources to help you including tips, advice, apps or even online courses to help with your mental wellbeing.

Volunteering Activates - Supporting people during the crisis:

Reengage

Supporting older people Reengage are seeking volunteers to become befrienders to the elderly and at risk of becoming even more isolated due to quarantine. Call companions make regular calls to lonely and isolated older people, providing a lifeline of friendship. The regular chat and companionship offers a vital link with the outside world.

The Mix: Supporting Young People

The Mix provides a range of support to under 25s and you can find a few virtual roles.

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust: Wild about Gardens

With lots of ideas on how you can make your garden a haven for wildlife:

BBC - Bitesize

Find out how BBC Bitesize can support you with learning, revision and homework.

Keep Britain Tidy: Love Where you Live Challenge

Love where you live: whether it’s cleaning up outside our own front door – imagine if everyone just did that one thing – making sure you don’t waste any food and getting creative with left-overs or decluttering your home and putting aside anything you no longer want to give to a charity shop. 

Supporting NHS Staff - For the Love of Scrubs

For the love of scrubs  Facebook group is a platform to enable those who are able to, and would like to contribute towards supplying hospitals local to themselves with scrubs for front line workers.

Some hospitals in the UK are facing shortfall in scrubs and PPE, this means our nurses are not as safe as they should be. We are aiming to produce 100+ sets of adult nursing scrubs.

It’s not often we stop to take notice of the world around us, think about how we are feeling or try to live in the moment. It may have been a while since you were curious or took some time to be aware of everything happening around you. For more information on how taking notice (mindfulness) can boost your wellbeing NHS- benefits of mindfulness visit NHS Mindfulness  

Free audios 

Mindfulness

Downloadable Apps

  • Sleepio (for sleep difficulties):   You can register for free if you are either an NHS or care worker
  • Headspace – free trial and then subscription required
  • Calm - free trial and options to pay for additional functions if you wish.  
  • Aware – free (you can pay for additional functions if you wish). 
  • ACT Companion: The Happiness Trap app is free for the next three months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Download the app and then enter the code: TOGETHER on the subscription page to unlock the entire app contents

 

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