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Wellbeing Wednesday 19th January 2022

Jane Fowler

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello – and welcome to this, the First Anniversary Edition of Wellbeing Wednesday! Putting together this short intro for you all every week has highlighted to me just how important some of the simplest parts of wellbeing are to our everyday lives and our working lives. The simple choices that we know can make a difference to our health and wellbeing are often some of the hardest to make, Our intention has always been to bring this short bulletin to you, so that somewhere, in one of the editions, you might find something that sparks your interest, gives you a nudge to change or helps you to identify a wellbeing problem that you may not have been aware of. We say every week – tell us what you think – so please do let us know – and don’t be shy of emailing me directly – as some of you have done!

My wellbeing change over the Christmas break was to read more and look at screens less – and yes – my dad did give us a family gift of well-chosen books J. The Iain Rankin/William McIlvanney book about Laidlaw’s first case was a great one – and now I am challenging my inner fears by reading Dark Matter, a Ghost Story about winter in the Arctic by Michelle Paver – roll on the longer days!

This week we are following our theme of looking after yourself in the new year with a section on healthy eating and also Keeping Well in Winter. On this theme, Health Assured, who provide out Employee Assistance Programme have recorded a New Year, New Start Webinar that you can listen to by following the link below.

I’m off to keep to my resolution and finish that scary book!

See you next week.

Obesity Awareness Week:

This week marks National Obesity Awareness Week.

Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the UK are at an increased risk from serious diseases and becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 as a result of living with obesity.

Obesity Awareness Week aims to motivate and support adults to achieve a healthy weight, eat more healthily and increase levels of physical activity.

Small changes every day can go a long way to promote healthy living.

Tips to a healthier 2022 include:

  • Checking the ‘traffic light’ labels and going for foods and drinks with more greens and ambers and less reds.
  • When it comes to fruit and veg; the more the better! Get your 5 a Day.
  • It is never too late to get active to improve your health, so start small and build up starting from 10 minutes of brisk walking a day.
  • Take a look at the NHS’ Better Health Campaign here
  • Download the Your Weight Your Health booklet from the NHS to help kick start a new regime.

There are also a variety of free NHS apps which can help you to eat better and get active, including:

NHS Weight Loss Plan app

NHS Couch to 5k app

NHS Drink free days app 

For more information about obesity causes and treatment check out Obesity – NHS (


Keeping well during winter:

January can seem like a long dark month and it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get out and keep active during the limited daylight hours.  The colder and darker days can also affect our mental wellbeing. 

The National Wellbeing Hub has a number of resources available to those working in Health and Social Care and their website contains a lot of helpful information available to all. If you are struggling with anxiety during this winter you might find this article helpful.   Managing Anxiety during a winter of uncertainty

You could also try one of these apps. Daylight or Feeling Good are very helpful for managing anxiety, while Silvercloud has programmes to help with sleep difficulties, low mood, and building resilience.

Health Assured Webinars 

Our Employee Assistance Programme providers, Health Assured offer a wealth of helpful advice and resources to support your wellbeing.

Why not log on and try the one of the short webinars below for tips to help motive yourself for a healthy start to 2022 and to help understand how our mental health can be affected by the short, dark days of winter and what we can do to improve it?

Webinars | Health Assured (

New Year, New Start – Webinar

In this month’s webinar, we go through tips and insightful ways to self-care, self-motivate and get the most out of the new-year as you go in to 2022!

Winter wellbeing – Webinar

In this webinar we talk about winter wellbeing. We go through how to manage Seasonal Affective Disorder, understanding what happy chemicals are and how to manage you mental health and wellbeing this winter.

Please also 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.

The Wellbeing Team: