Wellbeing Wednesday 14th September 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday on this blustery and slightly Autumnal day.

With the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth last Thursday, we may be reminded of our own losses and may be feeling our own grief in regard to her passing. If you have been affected by the news Cruse Bereavement Support have some excellent resources for both personal and collective grief.

                            Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

In other wellbeing news this week, we have information on migraines, nutrition and menopause. Migraines can be hugely debilitating, so we hope that this information points those of you who do suffer from them in the direction of some additional support.

We are also providing you with some great, free opportunities to take part in webinars – on 3rd October, 1330-1500 is a webinar on ageing and menopause in the workplace and then on 12th October, 1200-1300 is a webinar on Nutrition Discovery, which uncovers a wealth of fascinating science-based facts and practical steps to make change happen through what you eat. Please see below for details, get the dates in your diaries and join us for some interactive, wellbeing sessions!

And finally not much reading this week, but my wellbeing was definitely boosted by a cycle right round Arran on Saturday – what a beautiful day! I was a little apprehensive at 1) the distance 2) the hills and 3) getting round in time to catch the last ferry back to Claonaig… But with great company and keeping a steady pace – we did it! So my takeaway was it’s never too late and you’re never too old to set yourself a new challenge J. See you next week.

Migraine Awareness Week 5th-14th September 2022

Migraines have been identified as the third most common illness in the world. Symptoms range from a headache to vomiting to sensitivities to light, sound and smell, making it a debilitating neurological disease. The poster below shows symptoms, causes and how to help prevent migraine by using a migraine diary.

As noted above, what and when we eat can impact our chances of having a migraine. Here are two recipes which balance blood sugar and hormone regulation to help prevent the occurrence of a migraine.

There are a number of organisations that offer advice and support for people with migraines, including The Migraine Trust.

You can contact The Migraine Trust on 0808 802 0066 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm), through its contact form or by emailing info@migrainetrust.org.

You can also clink this link for more detailed information on Migraine Migraine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

SuperWellness Nutrition Discovery Session

Simple steps to boost your health and feel great.

Argyll and Bute Council have teamed up with SuperWellness who provide webinars with various different wellbeing topics. The first offering is Nutrition Discovery:

Recent times have highlighted that it’s more important to look after our health. Positive nutrition and lifestyle habits can helps us prevent illness, feel stronger and more energetic. By making even small adjustments to what we eat, we can influence our brain chemistry to boost mood and our ability to cope with stress. This session uncovers a wealth of fascinating science-based facts and practical steps to make change happen.

  • We kick off with a quiz to warm up our brains
  • What our brain is made of and the chemistry of our emotions
  • Key insights on the 4 pillars of a healthy body and mind
  • Practical meal planning tips that fit with a busy life and working from home

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see the survey below to have your say on what other content is delivered, you can choose 4 webinars from the 30 options available from SuperWellness:


Menopause Podcast: Win a book!

We have a new short podcast on LEON discussing menopause at work. Topics such as sleep, brain fog, anxiety and fatigue affecting women in work are discussed and how both managers and employees can support and be supported with these symptoms. Flexible working and reasonable adjustments are discussed and the Council’s policies on these topics can be found on the Hub, MyCouncilWorks, or by contacting the Wellbeing Team. Resources discussed in the podcast can also be found here:

British Menopause Society | For healthcare professionals and others specialising in post reproductive health (thebms.org.uk)

Menopause – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The Menopause Charity – Menopause Facts, Advice and Support

The company who provide us with the podcast are giving away a book around menopause from the guest speaker of the pod to the company with the most listens this month. If we do end up winning the book we will use it as a prize in a competition in the future for our Wellbeing Wednesday readers.

LEON: menopause podcast (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

If you are logging in to LEON from a council device, please select “LOG IN VIA AZURE”

Further log in guidance is available Leon: Argyll and Bute Council: Log in to the site (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Additionally we have access to a free event on Menopause and Menstruation in the workplace from the British Standards Institute

Date: 3 October 2022

Timing: 13.30 – 15.00 (BST)


What’s this Supporting the wellbeing of people webinar about?

What elements influence well-being in the workplace? This webinar will cover general well-being considerations and explore some of the key topics which are often overlooked in organizations:

  • Ageism in the workplace and how we should embrace positive culture of ageing within the workforce
  • Perimenopause and menopause, understanding the impact on individuals of any age; and how people can prepare themselves or interact with their line managers
  • Well-being in the workplace in general and how organizations can help create a supportive environment

Who should attend the Supporting the wellbeing of people webinar?

Those responsible for:

  • Human resources
  • Line management
  • Workforce planning
  • Learning and development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge management

What will participants gain?

  • Information, insights, and new perspectives on important facets of well-being at work
  • A first look at a new British Standard on menstrual health and menopause at work
  • The opportunity to put questions in advance to our panel of experts
  • A post-event copy of all presentations and a recording of the webinar


Hosting – Nele Zgavc

13.35-13.50 – Beating ageism in the workplace, Ashton Applewhite

13.55 – 14.05 – Generating wellbeing in the workplace, Kate Field

14.10 – 14.20 – The impacts of menopause and how can organizations support employees, Madhu Kapoor

14.25 – 14.35 – Introducing new British Standard: menstruation and menopause in the workplace – guide, Lauren Chiren

14.35 – 15.00 – Q&A Annika Waheed, Rebecca Hyrslova, Shirley Billson

As always, please let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk