Looking after your health and wellbeing

During lock down and when practicing social distancing, it’s important to look after our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s not only about keeping active – we also need to get enough sleep, eat healthy food and stay connected to our friends and family.

We’ve put together some useful tips and guidance to help during these challenging times.

And if you want to subscribe to our weekly newsletter containing help and advice, email colin.king@bbbc.org.uk.

Physical activity

Physical activity comes in many forms. You don’t have to do an intense work-out, or have lots of fancy gear at home. Here are some ideas of ways to stay physically fit, while staying in.

Chose a category below to get started.

Mental wellbeing

These are unusual times, and it’s understandable if the current situation has left you feeling anxious, or worried. You may be looking after others in your family right now, but don’t forget to pay attention to your own mental health too. Practicing mindfulness is really beneficial to maintaining good mental wellbeing.

Click the button below for ideas.

Sleep

Sleep deprivation affects our psychological state and ability to deal with stressful situations. When we’re spending so much time at home, it’s easy to fall out of a regular sleep routine. But it’s important to get a good night’s sleep in order to maintain our mental wellbeing, which will enable us to tackle the difficult times we are living in.

Click the button below for more.

Pan of food cooking on hob in a kitchen with kettle in the background

Healthy eating

Being in the house all the time makes for some very different eating habits, and it’s difficult to maintain our usual diets. Everyone’s likely to be cooking more, and getting through food supplies more quickly. It’s also easy to reach for the snacks when they are just a few steps away. But the lock down brings other food challenges. We can’t get to the shops as easily, and when we do, we might not find what we need. If you have kids who usually get free school meals, you’ll be feeling the financial strain.

The list below contains some guidance on eating as healthily as possible while in lock down.

Alcohol

The pubs are closed, which means no last orders. With more time on our hands and less opportunity to socialise, it’s easy to consume more alcohol at home than usual. Alcohol affects sleep, mental health and our ability to cope during lock down.

Click below to find out more.

 

Offline

As we’ve moved to spend more time inside, we’ve spent more and more time online. For those in our community without Wifi or a personal computer, we’ve compiled a list of activities that can be completed offline.

Why not print out some of the below and pop them through the letterbox of a neighbour who you know needs access to offline activities?

What's on this week

Events for week of 3rd August 2020

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Bow Food Bank

August 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Family circuits with Shakira

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sit to stand chair exercises

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Family Yoga with Abby (fasting friendly)

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family Activities with Drew

August 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Seated Yoga

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Family Olympics with Shakira

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dance Fit with Drew

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tone and stretch

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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Floor Aerobics Women’s Group

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Watts Grove Film Premiere

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Family Activities with Drew

August 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Family stretch with Shakira (fasting friendly)

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Boxercise with Anthony

August 7 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Women’s and children’s exercise with Asma (fasting friendly)

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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