Wellbeing Wednesday Monthly Edition 12th April 2023

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Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to April’s Wellbeing Wednesday, packed as usual with lots of great information and support for you to keep yourselves healthy and well. At this time of year, it feels like there is real promise of new beginnings as all around us nature wakens up again after winter. And the sun shines sometimes!! So it’s a great time to get spring into your life and give yourself some time and space to enjoy the colours, the freshness in the air and the longer evenings.

So today we are covering walking – the easiest way to get a bit of exercise in if you are able. Why not try a walking meeting? Or a brisk lunchtime stroll? And take a snack with you from one of our tasty recipes. We acknowledge stress awareness month – and the important connection between our physical and mental wellbeing – try the 30 day challenge! Get your 20 minute walk in. We also have a menopause webinar on 19th – it affects a lot of us – so sign up and take part.

And now that spring is well and truly with us and those beautiful but pesky flowers are coming into bloom – we have information for those of us who have allergies (if, like me, you sneeze and wheeze at the slightest hint of pollen, you’ll know what I mean) including food allergies, which can be extremely serious. So keep yourself informed and stay safe.  We also have information for you on this month’s wellbeing webinar from Health Assured on dealing with loss.

I hope, as ever, that there is something in here that you find interesting – keep letting us know what you would like to see in your Wellbeing Wednesdays.  I have a lovely spring outing to look forward to this week as I am heading off to Cowden  Japanese Garden near Dollar with my parents. Fingers crossed for blossoms! See you next month

Move More Month

In support of Move More Month which takes place every April, we have been looking into the many benefits that walking has on both our mental and physical health. The objective of this campaign is simple get up and move more!

Walking is a great tool for those who suffer from the negative effects of demanding, sedentary working lifestyles.  Our partners at SuperWellness have put together some information and tips to help you reap the benefits of walking.

You will also find two delicious recipes to try, both of which make the perfect accompaniment while out walking. Firstly, an energy cracker that is ideal for keeping your energy levels topped up on longer walks. Plus a tasty halloumi wrap which is easy to eat on the go!

Energy crackers recipe
Halloumi wrap recipe
Infographic for health benefits of walking

Stress Awareness Month

Stress and poor mental health are one of the biggest public health challenges that we’re facing. Sadly, even though that is the case, we are still not taking its impact seriously enough. We continue to separate mental health from physical health and vice versa. The reality is they cannot be separated – they are two sides of the same coin. There is no health without mental health and stress can lead to numerous health problems. From physical problems, like heart disease, insomnia, digestive issues, immune system challenges, etc. to more serious mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. It is the time when we have an opportunity for an open conversation on the impact of stress. Dedicated time to removing the guilt, shame, and stigma around mental health. To talk about stress, and its effects and open up about our mental and emotional state with friends, families, colleagues, and professionals.

Stress Awareness Month 2023 – The Stress Management Society

The 30 Day Challenge

If you haven’t done so yet, why not join the 30 Day Challenge for April. We are encouraging you to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.

It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, which is why this is a month-long programme.  The 30-day challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.

Click below to gain the access to our free resources specifically created for the month of April. You can download the 30 Day Challenge, a Daily De-Stressing Planner, a Stress Guide, 7 Steps Achievement Plan, useful infographics on stress and much more!

The Stress Management Society – 30 Day Challenge Resources

10 stress busters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Stress Resources – My Council Works

You can also browse LEON for additional resources around stress and wellbeing.

Menopause Webinar – 19th April at 4.00p.m – 5.00 p.m.

We hope you can join us for our next webinar hosted by Superwellness.co.uk – which is on the topic of Understanding and Embracing the Menopause.  This is aimed at women of all ages and men wishing to support their loved ones.

During the webinar you will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of exactly what happens to your body and your hormones both in the lead up to, and at the menopause.
  • Understand the symptoms associated and how your diet & lifestyle habits can make a profound difference to the way that you feel, whether you’re using HRT or not.
  • Learn about the 6-point practical nutrition & lifestyle plan to support your body naturally, for a smoother and more enjoyable transition into this wonderful phase of life.

Copy and paste the following link to your calendar and we hope to see you there!

Microsoft Teams meeting: Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 336 759 803 689 – Passcode: exkvCn  

Allergy Awareness

Allergy Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness about all allergies whilst highlighting the difficulties people with allergies experience. The event helps people to understand the seriousness of some allergies, and improve our knowledge of what can sometimes be a life-threatening condition. Another big aim of Allergy Awareness Week is to provide support to those that experience allergies. The week-long event highlights organisations and charities that can offer support, such as Allergy UK, as well as the resources available to those who suffer from allergies. 

What’s the theme of Allergy Awareness Week 2023?

The topic of Allergy Awareness Week 2023 is ‘childhood food allergy.’ It will focus specifically on the experience of parents and carers of babies with food allergies, combatting any anxieties and offering practical, researched support. 

Did you know….

  • Allergies are very common. They affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives.
  • They’re particularly common in children. 
  • People can develop allergies to things they were not previously allergic to. 
  • The most common allergies include: grass and tree pollen (hay fever), food (such as nuts, shellfish and eggs), dust mites and medicines like penicillin. 

Some common symptoms of an allergic reaction:

Not all allergic reactions will have the same symptoms, but here are some general ones to look out for:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • A red, itchy rash
  • Worsening of eczema or asthma symptoms
  • Red, itchy and watery eyes

For more information and multiple resources to help with allergies in both children and adults, check out:

Allergy UK

Allergies – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Health Assured Webinars

This month’s bite size wellbeing webinar from our Employee Assistance Programme provider is:

  • Coping with Loss.

You can access via: Webinars | Health Assured (healthassuredeap.co.uk)

Health Assured also provide a free and confidential helpline which is available 24/7 – Tel: 0800 028 0199 or you can download the Health Assured App via Apple Store or Play Store for Android devices.

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