World Wellbeing Week is recognised this year between Monday 22 June – Sunday 28 June 2020 and the NHS across Bedworth, Nuneaton and north Warwickshire will be highlighting the importance of people’s wellbeing.
This World Wellbeing Week the local NHS will be highlighting the importance of wellbeing through a week long social media campaign to raise awareness. The campaign will provide a platform to highlight the importance of wellbeing, support available and to demonstrate the appreciation for NHS staff across the healthcare sector.
Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of wellbeing and to emphasise the vital support available both through our services and staff as well as information on how you can support your own wellbeing.
“There are simple steps we can all do daily to improve our wellbeing both physically and mentally. It is important for your wellbeing to take time to check in with your thoughts and feelings, whilst exercise and eating healthily plays an important part on our body.”
The NHS has five steps to improve mental wellbeing, which are a set of simple actions which we can all take, to improve our mental health and wellbeing. They are easy to remember, and not only do they help in the moment they can also set a foundation for good mental health in the future.
The five steps are:
· Connect with other people – Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing
· Get active - Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.
· Learn new skills - Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing
· Give to others - Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing
· Mindfulness - Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing.
Resources and support can be found by accessing the NHS 5 steps to mental wellbeing webpage.
Other resources include, NHS Live Well, which provides tips and tools for your wellbeing, which includes simple actions which we can all take to improve our wellbeing. Support includes eating well, healthy weight, exercise and mental wellbeing all of which can be accessed through the NHS website.
People may be feeling stressed and anxious, lonely or isolated especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst this is understandable and normal, it is important to remember that it is ok to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. It is important to remember for most this feeling will pass.
Whilst lockdown is easing, measures are still in place and whilst it may be difficult for some, it is important to remember you are doing it to protect yourself and those in your local community.
The mental health charity Mind also offer information about the 5 ways to wellbeing.