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Looking After Your Physical Wellbeing

Looking after ourselves physically can have immense benefits to our bodies, making us more healthy. As well as the physical benefits of exercise and healthy eating, improving our physical health can also have may positive effects upon our mental wellbeing. On this page we hope to inspire you to find ways to enjoy improving your physical health locally. Below are …

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 – Surviving or Thriving?

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year between the 8th – 14th May. The Mental Health Foundation’s focus for this year is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’. The aim is to draw attention to the ways in which the demands of everyday life can undermine our capacity to stay mentally well. By looking at aspects of our lives that help us to …

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Keep Learning (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

We often think about learning as important to children – we place a great deal of importance on making sure young people develop skills, knowledge and experience to help them on their journey into adulthood. But, just as it’s important for children to learn, research shows that if we keep learning throughout adulthood and into later life, this can have …

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Take Notice (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

Throughout our lives’ many of us will experience times where we find ourselves lost in our own thoughts. We may find that we are so busy making plans, going from task-to-task, going from one place to the next and pushing forward in many different directions that we don’t take time to reflect and take notice of the world around us.  …

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Be Active (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

We’re often told that having an active lifestyle is good for our bodies and physical health. Those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop a range of major illness such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and are much less likely to be overweight. All of these things mean that having an active lifestyle can lower our …

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Giving (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

This is the second part of our five-part series of Wellbeing Articles that are focusing on each of the 5 ways to wellbeing. To coincide with ‘Volunteers Week 2016’, this article focuses on ‘Giving’ – highlighting the benefits that giving to others can have on our mental health and sense of wellbeing. As ever, this Wellbeing Article will outline the …

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Connecting (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

Throughout 2016, our Advice and Information Service will be publishing 5 wellbeing articles that will focus on the 5 ways to wellbeing, to bring to light how acting upon these different 5 ways to wellbeing can improve our mental health and wellbeing. These article’s will explore how these 5 simple actions can be included in our daily lives, and they’ll offer self-help …

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Food, Mood and Mental Health

Although many of us are aware that eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is good for our physical health, the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for good mental health is less often talked about. When we are physically ill, for example when we have a cold, we are advised to eat ‘healthy foods’ and ‘drink …

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Depression

Everyone struggles with feeling down or hopeless at times, maybe when they’ve lost their job, or gone through a difficult break-up. Sometimes, though, these feelings can go further and interfere with day to day life – this can be a sign of depression. Art by Lewis Marvelly (c) 2015 Depression is more than just feeling sad – it can affect …

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Caring for someone with mental health difficulties

What does it mean to be a carer? 3 in 5 of us will become one at some point in our lives, joining the 6.5 million in the UK, but many people don’t realize that’s what they are. If asked, they might describe themselves as just helping out, being a good neighbour, partner, family member, friend. As 1 in 4 of us …

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