Wellbeing Wednesday Monthly Edition

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12th JULY 2023

Jane is on holiday this week so welcome to this month’s Wellbeing Wednesday, which as always is packed with useful information and some things we hope you will find interesting.  We have some information on summer wellness and healthy eating, as well as alcohol awareness and also information on our upcoming webinars and mental health appointment days.  Please copy and paste these links and join us for one of these sessions.

Hopefully the sun will reappear soon and we can experience a bit more of the lovely warm weather we were just getting used to!

See you next month.

The Wellbeing Team.

Summer Wellness and Staying Safe

Summer is a great time to get out more and enjoy the incredible scenery in and around Argyll and Bute and we know that walking is great exercise both for our minds and our bodies.  Being out in nature is also really good for our mental wellbeing and when the sun shines everything seems to feel much better.  However, it does pay to be aware of having too much sun and being well-hydrated on summer walks.

Walking in the woods is an ideal way to enjoy the hot weather while also benefitting from some shady coolness and walking along the coast can often result in a lovely cooling breeze. 

If you are planning on walking out in open areas, plan your walk for earlier or later in the day and make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Woods In Summer: Things To See And Do – Woodland Trust

Also remember to respect the countryside and wildlife and take any litter home with you and be aware of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code principles:

  • Respect the interests of others
  • Care for the environment
  • Take responsibility for your own actions

What is the Scottish Outdoor Access Code? | Scottish Outdoor Access Code (outdooraccess-scotland.scot)

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot, there can be health risks. Check below for some further information on staying safe in the hot weather:

GOV.UK: Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather.

Sunscreen and sun safety – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Alcohol Awareness Week 3-9th July

Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to be more aware of our drinking habits. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year’s theme is ‘Alcohol and cost’.

The harm caused by alcohol affects millions of people every year in the form of health problems, financial worries, relationship breakdown and family difficulties. It brings with it huge social costs too with the significant pressure it places on the NHS, the emergency services, police, and workplaces.

The total social cost of alcohol to society is estimated to be at least £21 billion each year. We as individuals also spend tens of thousands of pounds on average on alcohol over the course of a lifetime.

However, the personal costs are much starker with alcohol death rates increasing to the highest rate since records began since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and millions more people suffering from worsened mental and physical health every day as a result of harmful drinking.

The cost of living crisis has also played a key role in causing some people to drink more than they’d like in order to help them but the cost of alcohol to individuals, our relationships, our families, and our stretched vital public services doesn’t have to be so high. We can all take steps to make a change and with improved support and prevention, we can save money and save lives.  

Summer De-Tox and Healthy Eating

Our bodies are actually perfectly equipped for removing general toxins and waste from the body’s system. However, we can help that process to be even more effective by getting into some simple and healthy routines and watching what, and how much we eat, as well as ensuring we get sufficient exercise every day.

Things that help to rejuvenate your detox system:

  • Getting enough quality sleep – aim for between 7-9 hours per night.
  • Reduce your consumption of alcohol, sugar and highly processed foods – even if only 1 or 2 days a week, it all helps.
  • Keep hydrated – water plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to detox.
  • Move your body – whether gentle or intense, daily movement is very beneficial.
  • Eat nourishing foods, high in antioxidants and prebiotics.

Try this healthy vegan recipe to kick start your detox:

Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad

Serves 2 – Ready in 20 minutes


50g bulgar wheat

200g baby courgettes, thickly sliced on the diagonal

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

½ a clove garlic, crushed

2 tsp rose harissa

400g tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained well

a handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.

Step 1. Put the bulgar in a bowl and pour over boiling water to cover.   Put a plate on top of the bowl and leave for 15 minutes, then drain really well.

Step 2. Toss the courgettes with 1 tbsp olive oil and lots of seasoning, then spread out on a non-stick baking tray. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until golden and tender.

Step 3. Whisk the lemon juice, garlic, the remaining tbsp of olive oil and the harissa in a large bowl. Add the courgettes and any juices from the baking tray, the drained bulgar and chickpeas, then toss everything together. Add the parsley and toss again.

Recipe from www.olivemagazine.com

What is a detox diet? | BBC Good Food

Healthy summer recipes | BBC Good Food

Eat well – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Mental Health - Virtual Appointment Day

We have arranged a further free and confidential Virtual Appointment Day (a.m.) with our partners at Able Futures Mental Health Support Service on Monday 7th August.

On the day, a member of The Better Health Generation team will call you at your chosen time to discuss how they can support your Mental Health – whether it be stress, anxiety, low mood or generally feeling burnt out. 

The confidential call aims to answer any initial questions you may have regarding the service they can provide. If you would like to proceed with accessing the support, they will gather your basic details to apply for the Mental Health Support there and then, at your own pace. This is fully confidential, and we as your employer will not be made aware of any appointments or bookings.

Follow the link below to book your timeslot now:

Monday 7th August 2023 between 7.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.



The call will take up to 30 minutes and you will need the following information to register for the phone call:

National Insurance Number

Email address

Start date of current employment

Further information about the support service can be found on the Able Futures WebsiteYou can also apply via the Able Futures website at any time, and do not have to wait until 7th August if you would prefer to self-refer before the appointment day.

Wellbeing Webinars

Our next webinar from our partners at Superwellness is coming up this month and is on the subject of:

Building Resilience:  How to create a strong and positive mind-set in times of adversity

This will take place on Thursday 20th July at 14:30 (50 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A).

Times of change and adversity can test our resilience to the limit.  Tension and anxiety can take over our mind-set, disrupting concentration, mood and general wellbeing.

This session will look at how to build a strong positive and focused mind-set by increasing our awareness and putting into place positive daily habits and practices.

Join us for this interactive session packed with tips and techniques to practice and to start feeling the benefits straight away.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device – Copy and paste the link below

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 399 792 025 845
Passcode: dQeqF3


PAM Solutions DSE Webinars

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent short webinars on how to look after our musculoskeletal health at work. 

Recordings of the webinars are now available at Wellbeing webinars – My Council Works

Health Assured, our Employee Assistance Programme also have a series of short webinars available on their website:

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