ANGUSalive supports Mental Health Awareness Week

ANGUSalive is working closely with its partners, including NHS Tayside, Macmillan Cancer Support and Angus Health & Social Care Partnership to raise awareness and provide information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The support ANGUSalive and its partners can offer is all encompassing and inclusive enabling all residents of Angus to access guidance, information and advice to help take care of their mind as well as their body.

Kathleen Hutchison, Health & Wellbeing Lead for ANGUSalive said, “Our physical health and mental health are linked, so it’s important to establish a routine that includes some physical exercise.  Exercising regularly can give an enormous sense of well-being, helping us to feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, improve memory, and feel more relaxed and positive.  It’s also a powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety and depression.  It is vital to take care of your mind as well as your body during these unprecedented times and we’ve gathered some useful tips and ideas that may help.”

Stay Connected

Make sure you stay connected with your friends or family by either by phone or video calls.  It can help to lift not only your mood but that of others.  Connecting with others can help us to feel a greater sense of belonging and can help to challenge feelings of loneliness.

Take Time-Out

Limit social media and the news.  It’s tempting to stay on top of the news but it can be damaging to mental health.  Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed.  Try to limit how often you check social media and make sure you’re not focusing on accounts which affect your mood.

Develop a Routine

It helps to follow a routine each day.  Structure can be really helpful for our mental health in uncertain times.  It’s easy to stay in your pyjamas and watch television all day, but getting out of your pyjamas and getting dressed will automatically make you feel more productive.  Set small goals for the week, it could be as simple as clearing out a cupboard or tidying up the garden.  You’ll feel great after achieving your tasks. 

Staying Physically and Mentally Active

Keeping exercise as part of your daily routine is important for maintaining a healthy immune system, supporting your mental health and feeling good.  It could be something outside such as riding a bike, going for a walk or a run.  If you prefer a workout or class, ANGUSalive features challenges and workout videos from instructors on its Sport & Leisure facebook page, as well as videos, advice and information covering long term conditions, children’s exercise classes, mental health, disability sport and football.  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 18th to 24th May there will be daily posts on mental health and wellbeing tips and ideas.

ANGUSalive has partnered with Future Fit Training to provide all of their bACTIVE members with an exclusive online training platform. Once signed up, members can access a variety of content that covers training and exercise, Pilates, nutrition and health and well-being.  This is completely free of charge and it takes just 60 seconds to sign up.  This training platform also includes access to Les Mills on Demand.  Les Mills on Demand features over 800 workouts varying between 15-55 minutes including strength training, martial arts, yoga-fusion, HiiT, and mindfulness. 

Macmillan Cancer Support has also issued guidance and a wealth of information, including how to stay well and keep active whilst staying at home, which can be found at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus.  

For more information on all of the above and ANGUSalive’s social and digital offering please visit the ANGUSalive At Home webpage at https://www.angusalive.scot/at-home