Wellbeing Wednesday Monthly Edition

International women's day

Wednesday 8th March 2023

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello and welcome to this month’s Wellbeing Wednesday on this sunny International Women’s Day.

This is just the time of year to get a spring in your step and make the most of the glorious sunshine and get some much needed springtime Vitamin D. I find that making sure I take a lunchtime walk whenever the weather is good gives me a welcome energy boost – you’re entitled to a lunch break – so make sure you take it!

We have a whole lot of information for you today, some on the theme of International Women’s Day and lots of others as well.

Don’t miss out on our webinars on Menopause and on Health Anxiety. And have a look at our online physio pilot – get in touch if you think it is a service that may help you or a team member. Don’t forget that these are resources we are providing for all employees of the council. We will be reviewing how useful they are and how well they are used before taking any decisions to continue with them, so use it so you don’t lose it!

We also have information about awareness days this month – endometriosis, neurodiversity, DVT and Marie Curie Daffodil day of reflection.

Keep your feedback coming in to us – it is important that our Wellbeing bulletins – and team – are useful to you. Any suggestions you have are always welcome. And we do like to be able to share the achievements or interests of any of you who have a particular wellbeing interest or experience that you are willing to share – don’t be shy! A personal story can reach people in a real way that general information doesn’t and that can make a real difference to someone.

I’m off for my lunchtime walk now and will be looking out for early flowers – I spotted a little daisy in the middle of a track yesterday! The flowers in Argyll are clearly made of hardy stuff! See you next month.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day observance used to be called “National Woman’s Day,” and was held on 28th February 1909 in New York, organised by the Socialist Party of America. But since 1911, it has been marked as International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.  IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

#IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity

The theme of International Women’s Day 2022 is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. This recognises and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.

International Women’s Day 2023 (internationalwomensday.com)

Menopause Webinar – Wednesday 19th April at 4.00pm -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 calander and we hope to see you there!

Microsoft Teams meeting

Wednesday 19th April at 4.00pm – 5.00 pm

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 336 759 803 689 – Passcode: exkvCn   Download Teams | Join on the web

Health Assured Webinars

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

  • Health Anxiety.

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.

Online Physio Pilot – now available

Our new online physio pilot is now up and running and will enable those currently absent due to a musculoskeletal issue or related condition to have the option to be referred to a physiotherapist online via our Occupational Health provider. The physio can advise on appropriate interventions and/or provide advice or a rehabilitation plan, or signpost to other services where required. 

If this would be of interest to you personally or if you are manager of someone affected by a musculoskeletal issue please get in touch to see if the service would be of benefit.  Contact Julie Hallett, HR Adviser or email wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Endometriosis Awareness Month

About one in every 10 women of child-bearing age has endometriosis, but in women who have very painful periods it could affect as many as six out of 10.  Endometriosis usually disappears after the menopause.

During your menstrual cycle, your womb lining thickens to receive a fertilised egg. If you don’t get pregnant, the lining of your womb breaks down, leaving your body as menstrual blood (a period) each month. This process is controlled by your body’s hormones.

In endometriosis, cells like those that line your womb (endometrial tissue) are also elsewhere in your body. This tissue thickens, breaks down and bleeds with your menstrual cycle. Your body does get rid of the broken down tissue and blood very slowly, but while it’s there it can cause pain, swelling and scarring.

Endometriosis usually affects tissues inside your pelvis. It’s most common in and around the ovaries, the surrounding ligaments and between the womb and rectum (back passage). If you have endometriosis on your fallopian tubes or ovaries, it can lead to fertility problems. Endometriosis can affect other parts of your body, such as your lungs, but this is rare.

For more information visit:

Endometriosis – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Endometriosis | Health Information | Bupa UK

Neurodiversity Week 13th – 19th March

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. It aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate difference and empower very individual.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week (neurodiversityweek.com)

Chris Packham has recently presented 2 BBC documentaries “Inside Our Autistic Minds” looking at some of the challenges facing 4 individuals on the autistic spectrum, particularly in relation to communication and being able to express themselves which are definitely worth watching on iPlayer.  You can also watch the four short films made by the participants about what is going on in their minds – which are fascinating and wonderful!

BBC Two – Inside Our Autistic Minds – Clips

BBC Two – Inside Our Autistic Minds – Available now

National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)

Daffodil Appeal - National Day of Reflection 2023

March 23rd is an opportunity for us all to come together for the third UK National Day of Reflection. 

This is an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, to support those who may be grieving their loss and to connect with each other. 

You may want to mark the day with a minute’s silence at noon, or access one of the nationwide network of Walls of Reflection, or series of grief-themed online programmes.

National Day of Reflection | Marie Curie

If you have suffered a bereavement you may want to visit: AtaLoss, the UK’s signposting website for bereaved people. This includes support services, information, helplines and helpful reads for anyone who has been bereaved, whatever their age, loss or background. The site also includes a searchable list of local, national and specialist services across the UK.  A free, professional counselling web chat is also available.

Resources to help with grief | Marie Curie

DVT Awareness Month

March is DVT Awareness month and as many of you may be thinking about that trip abroad you may want to learn more about how to prevent DVT. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot forms in one of the large veins, usually in the lower leg, thigh, pelvis, or arm. 

Anyone can be affected by a blood clot regardless of age, gender, or race. Learn about the signs and symptoms of a blood clot and you can help to prevent them.

Each year in Britain, DVT affects around one person in every 1,000. If they are left untreated, about 10 percent of cases of DVT will lead to a pulmonary embolism, where the clot moves in the bloodstream and enters the lung, blocking one of the blood vessels there. This is an extremely dangerous condition.  Although anyone can develop a blood clot, it does become more common over the age of 40.

Risk Factors for developing DVT

  • if you have previously had a blood clot
  • if other family members have developed clots
  • staying still for long periods – such as after an operation or during a long journey
  • being overweight or obese

DVT does not always produce symptoms

You won’t necessarily get any advance warning of a blood clot in your leg, which is one reason why prevention is so important.  If you do experience symptoms, they can include:

  • Pain, swelling and tenderness in one of your legs (usually your calf)
  • A heavy ache in the affected area
  • Warm skin in the area of the clot
  • Red skin, particularly at the back of your leg below the knee
  • DVT usually (though not always) affects one leg.

Many blood clots can be prevented

Fortunately, many blood clots can be prevented. If they do occur, early and accurate diagnosis and management can often prevent poor outcomes.

Long-term strategies for preventing the development of DVT include:

  • Not Smoking
  • Eating a health, balanced diet
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight if you are obese

Prevention is better than Cure!  Day-to-day, every hour remember to do this:

  • Stand
  • Move 
  • Hydrate

Wearing compression hosiery is prescribed as part of the treatment when DVT is diagnosed. It can also be helpful in preventing clots developing, and keeping your legs comfortable if you spend a long time sitting down – when travelling, or working at a desk, for example.

DVT (deep vein thrombosis) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

DVT Awareness Month (generalandmedical.com)

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