Our Wellbeing team has launched its Weekly Wellbeing Tips. Each tip provides a simple way to help maintain your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times. We will be sharing the Weekly Tips across our social media channels so do keep an eye out, and let us know what you think.
Week One – Mindful Walking/ Mindful Sitting,
Watch the video here, or at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW8a1nTAbnM&t=108s
Week Two – Keeping Active
Week Three – Music for Wellbeing
Read all about this week’s Tip here. Then, we invite you to share with us two or three songs that hold special meaning to you. Please send the song titles with a sentence or two to explain their significance in your life to email@example.com. We will then compile a playlist with everyone’s submissions to share with you all in the coming week.
Week Four – Keeping Connected
Read all about this week’s Tip here. Making sure to keep connected with other people is so important during this challenging time – sending messages, emails and texts, making phone calls, listening to the radio, video chats and virtual quizzes with friends and family. Our volunteer Ian has kindly put together two ‘Lockdown Quizzes’ to get you started: Quiz 1 & Quiz 2.
Week 5 – Mindful Baking
Baking is a wonderful way to express creativity, be present in the moment and release stress during a difficult time. Following a recipe requires a great deal of attention – focusing on weighing, measuring and following each step – and can be a wonderful form of mindfulness. The benefits of practising mindfulness have become quite popular and well known in recent years. It has been proven to help reduce stress and increase positive feelings and happiness. Taking your time to focus on the variety of smells and tastes while baking can be calming and help you relax.
Linda who owns The Kitchen in Croxley has been a wonderful supporter of ours over the years. She has kindly shared a few of her famous recipes to get us started: Sticky Toffee and Salted Caramel Loafkins, Gluten Free Salted Caramel Brownies and A Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake.
You can find more of her delicious treats here: https://www.thekitchencroxley.co.uk/
Week 6 – Music for Wellbeing
Following on from our Week 3 ‘Music and wellbeing’ tip, we would like to thank everyone who sent in songs for our ‘lockdown playlist’.
We have compiled the submissions and created a playlist that can be accessed by clicking the following link. Please note that if you do not already have a Spotify account, you will need to create one to listen (it’s free): https://open.spotify.com/user/n0iaihnw6vldp2tonnmius3jd/playlist/1JR6EI2UsJdeHAFB9EyVC8?si=G9JHY727Qfy-WQHnoU_zkQ
Read more about the playlist and the songs within it here.
Week 7 – Relaxation
This week we have a relaxation technique from our physiotherapist, Katherine. The aim of this mindfulness technique is to take approximately 5 minutes (but you can spend more time than this depending on how relaxing you find it) focusing on each of the 5 senses – what you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. Try to spend at least 5 minutes on each of the senses either keeping your eyes open or closed – depending on which feels most comfortable for you. Read the tip here.
Week 8 – Virtual Garden Tours
Macmillan has developed a unique partnership with the National Garden Scheme to help raise awareness of the impact of gardens on health. For individuals finding lockdown difficult, gardens can be a place of solace and relief to help improve mental and physical wellbeing. And for those of us without an outdoor space, virtual garden tours of some of the finest gardens in England and Wales can provide a glorious escape (click the bold writing to be taken to the webpages). By clicking these links, you will be able to take a visit to a variety of beautiful gardens, including a few from the Chelsea Flower Show’s top designers. You will also find videos of inspirational garden transformations and a variety of other tips and tutorial videos.
There is also the opportunity to sign up to the National Garden Scheme’s weekly newsletter for advice on how to deal with lawn weeds to what to plant in window boxes. Weekly content will provide you with seasonal gardening tips, stories and virtual tours straight to your inbox.
- NHS Mindfulness: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/
- NHS breathing tips: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ways-relieve-stress/
- mind wellbeing tips: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#TakingCareOfYourMentalHealthAndWellbeing