Wellbeing Wednesday 21st September 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s wealth of Wellbeing information for you!  I’m feeling very fortunate this week – lovely cycle down to Achahoish and over to Old Kilmory at the weekend and then met up with a good friend from a very long time ago (+30 years!) –my wellbeing is doing pretty well this week.  I hope you managed to get time to do something you enjoy over the weekend.

This week we have a whole lot of different topics for you.  We’re looking at protecting your eyesight as part of National Eye Health week – get that eye-check appointment made and don’t forget to take your 3 minute break from the screen!  Following our previous theme on arthritis, we have an invitation to join an Arthritis Awareness session on 26th October on Teams, which will cover all sorts of useful information about arthritis and other musculo-skeletal adaptations in the workplace. Come along – it’s open to everyone.

World Alzheimer’s day brings with it some advice on healthy lifestyle to try and reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. And finally we are launching our new LEON online learning module about Trauma and how people’s behaviour now – customers, clients or colleagues – can be affected by trauma they experienced in the past. 

Scientists are understanding more and more about neurological responses to past trauma, how to recognise it and what we can do to support people who are experiencing it.

And on the reading front – I’ve stalled a little… too much time outside! But with a week off coming up, there will be plenty time to catch up. See you next week.

National Eye Health Week

19-25th September

Office work and computer use

You can’t harm your eyes by using a computer. Computers don’t cause permanent changes to your eyes, or make any eye conditions you may have worse, and there is no evidence that the blue light from screens is harmful. However, the following points will help keep your eyes comfortable while using any type of screen.

Take frequent breaks from your screen. Your eyes can become tired when you use them for long periods. Taking frequent breaks from the screen can help to avoid tired eyes and headaches.

Good lighting is important for your vision. Make sure the general lighting in your room is adequate for what you are doing but try to avoid any glare on the screen itself as this can be uncomfortable.

Ensure you have a display screen equipment assessment so that the height, quality and position of your screen is optimal. Consider the location of the screen compared with any windows in the room, this will avoid reflections or dazzle.

Industrial or chemical work

If you work in an industrial place then your eyes may be at risk from the work you do. This is particularly the case if you work with machinery that does any kind of pressing or grinding, if you work with chemicals or in a place with lots of dust or particles in the air.


These points may help keep your eyes safe:

Wear the correct eye protection.

Welding should always be undertaken using a welding mask. The bright light of a welding torch can cause permanent damage to the cornea and the retina.

All chemicals should be handled with care following manufacturers’ or site-specific instructions.

People that are watching you work in industrial environments should also wear eye protection as if they are doing the task.

Source – RNIB – See differently –

The Council’s Workstation Assessment Form can be found here: Health and Safety – DSE (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Operational/Workshop Site Rules can be found here: Depot and workshop site rules | The Hub (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Versus Arthritis Online Awareness Session

 26th October at 12pm

This session is open to anyone, not just people with Arthritis. The session will cover Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace, advice around chairs and moving and adaptations that can be made. Click here to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams.

World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September 2022

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. As the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, there’s no certain way to prevent the condition. But a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk. These include: 

  • stopping smoking
  • keeping alcohol to a minimum
  • eating a healthy, balanced diet, including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • exercising for at least 150 minutes every week by doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as cycling or fast walking), or as much as you’re able to
  • making sure your blood pressure is checked and controlled through regular health tests
  • if you have diabetes, make sure you keep to the diet and take your medicine


Staying mentally and socially active

There’s some evidence to suggest that rates of dementia are lower in people who remain mentally and socially active throughout their lives.

It may be possible to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia by:

  • Reading
  • learning foreign languages
  • playing musical instruments
  • volunteering in your local community
  • taking part in group sports, such as bowling
  • trying new activities or hobbies
  • maintaining an active social life


Source: Alzheimer’s disease – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

*NEW* – LEON Trauma Module

Many members of the Council workforce may be affected by trauma, this could be childhood trauma or trauma experienced in adulthood. Everyone’s experience of trauma is different. Being Trauma Informed is not just for those working within health and social care, NHS Education for Scotland state that trauma is everyone’s business. As managers and employees, we have a responsibility to approach our colleagues with compassion and empathy and understand that not everyone can “just get on with it”.

This new LEON module provides an introduction to being Trauma Informed: 

Trauma: Trauma Informed Practice (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)

The video is just under 9 minutes long and should be accessible from on any device.

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