The Guardian Newspaper reports on the 4th of June that
“The Office of National Statistics estimates 1 million people in private households in the UK were experiencing symptoms of long Covid in the four weeks to 2 May. About 650,000 people had their day-to-day activities affected by long Covid, with 192,000 of these saying this had been limited a lot”.
This is an significant number of people who may be experiencing a weird group of symptoms from brain fog, fatigue, headaches, fibromyalgia, poor sleep etc.
As many of these symptoms are continuing for months and in some cases over a year now both researchers and individuals are exploring how to bring relief.
Some of the lessons learnt suggest that a holistic approach is important with both diet, exercise, lifestyle and a positive mental outlook all playing their part as aids to recovery.
In a recent talk on RMC’s YouTube channel by Professor Tommy Wood on Metabolism in Long Covid he also highlighted the need for a holistic approach and suggested that social connection with others is important to a positive recovery. He goes on to suggest that to help with brain fog he highlights the importance of enhancing neuro plasticity by learning a new skill particularly a balancing skill.
Adding these factors together it suggest to me that being part of a men’s shed could make a positive contribution to recovery from long haul Covid as it provides:
- An opportunity for social connection
- Positive encouragement from other shedders
- Distraction from worrying about the symptoms
- Opportunities to learn a new skill to create neuro plasticity
There are number of men’s sheds across Yorkshire for contact details of your nearest shed see: the UK Men’s Shed Association Find a Shed page https://menssheds.org.uk/find-a-shed/