Staying active and keeping well
During this period of social distancing, self-isolation and lockdown, it is important to keep active and look after your mental wellbeing. We know this can feel hard in the circumstances, so here we will gather tips and resources that will help you get some exercise, look after your fitness and encourage positive mental health.
- Sport England have launched #stayinworkout with a website full of links and ideas for exercising at home and outside. View their site here.
- Joe Wicks – the Body Coach – ran daily PE lessons earlier this year, which were popular with people of all ages! They have now ended but you can watch them all on his Youtube channel.
- Cosmic Yoga is another Youtube channel popular with children and families teaching yoga in an enjoyable manner.
- Roots of Yggdrasil have a range of exercise that are particularly useful for working form home or if you have to sit still for long periods of time. Have a look at the following videos:
- County Durham Sport have a page with useful exercises for beginners, children and older people with links to the NHS advice.
Mental health and wellbeing
- Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (Integrated Care System) have created a new resilience hub that is open to health & social care VCSE colleagues they have also set up some Long Covid Peer Support Groups. These groups are delivered remotely and take place weekly on a Wednesday afternoon in blocks of 8 sessions. Staff can access the group through referring themselves into the Resilience Hub by completing the wellbeing questionnaire on the website or by contacting the Hub via email. Alongside the groups the Hub also offers a Long Covid wellness and recovery action plan.The Resilience Hub and these Support Groups are open to staff across the health, social care, and voluntary and community sectors.
- A new free online mental health service has been launched to support men across North Yorkshire. Men can now access free and anonymous online counselling anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet device. Visit Qwell for Men.
- Maintaining Activities for Older Adults during Covid-19 is a useful round up of online resources to help people with dementia.
- The government have guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus crisis.
- The BBC have put together some advice on protecting your mental health.
- Every Mind Matters; mental health advice from the NHS.
- The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to take part in random acts of kindness. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
- Mind have a range of information resources for looking after your mental health during coronavirus.
- Public health services at North Yorkshire County Council are continuing to run and be accessible during the coronavirus situation. You can find a list of them here.
- North Yorkshire County Council have a range of resources and sites covering different aspects of health and wellbeing and staying physically active.
Training and skills
- For online training courses, webinars and digital resources to help keep your skills fresh during this time, visit our Community Gateway.
- Volunteering is a good way of improving your mental wellbeing and gaining new skills. Visit our Volunteering In North Yorkshire website for opportunities from home or remotely.
Let’s get creative
- North Yorkshire County Council has a new community county-wide arts project.
Rachel, their Arts Adult Learning Teacher explains about the project and shows you how to create a mixed media collage.
Why not join them on their creative journey to explore how trees bring us closer to the wonder of our natural surroundings, inspiring creativity through colour, form and sound as they change with the seasons of the year.
- To get outside and clear your head is important. The Countryside Charity North Yorkshire invite you take part in a stargazing activity.
Page updated 18 July 6.10pm