Here’s some suggestions of how you can…
… in the week ahead.
This weekend (6th & 7th June) is Eden Project’s annual The Big Lunch event, which this year will be going virtual! The Big Lunch is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities - a time where people come together to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better. There is a jam packed online programme, including cook-alongs, story telling, cocktail making and of course a Big Virtual Lunch. If you want to take part, make sure to download your Big Virtual Lunch pack!
We are encouraging everyone to connect more with nature this month for 30 Days Wild. If you love forests but are stuck at home or your local forest site is shut, check out Foresty England’s ideas for how you can connect with forests from the comfort of your home, which includes a fantastic a forest bathing mindfulness exercise set to forest sounds!
Looking for a way to become more physically active whilst social distancing measures are still in place? One You Couch to 5K is a 9 week running programme that can encourage even complete beginners to become more active, by making it easy and fun. Starting by running for just a minute at a time, the programme sets realistic expectations and makes the challenge feel achievable from the start. The app has also been updated to link to the latest advice on social distancing guidelines when exercising.
As you all know, last month was National Walking Month and we set a variety of mileage milestone challenges to encourage people to walk/run/cycle more. Overall, as a group we travelled 10,226 miles – well done everyone! Though National Walking Month is over, we are still continuing with the challenge to travel the circumference of the globe (21,600 miles). To get involved, all you need to do is record your activity and tell us your weekly mileage at the end of the week via our Facebook group or our email: HSWChampion@cornwall.gov.uk
Next week is National Carer’s Week and Carer’s UK have got some fantastic resources for you to help support this event. UK’s unpaid carers are seven times lonelier than general public and will be struggling even more during the current crisis. If you are a carer, Cornwall Council has created a useful guide to help support carers and young carers during the Coronavirus outbreak, especially in regards to mental health. We will also have Health Champion and TFF worker Josie Fildes, posting regularly on our Facebook page and releasing a post on our blog about carers and the support available to them.
The Cornwall Wildlife Trust have been heartened by how much everyone is valuing a connection with nature during this troubling time and so have released the Wild Cornwall Magazine Spring Issue free online for nature lovers to enjoy!
Last week was apparently National BBQ week! What with the recent lovely weather and the fact that groups of up to six people from different households are now allowed to meet in private gardens and other outdoor spaces, barbeques are sure to be on the rise! Check out the official National BBQ Week website for recipes and handy tips Whilst Veganuary have shared some tasty whole-food plant-based barbecue recipes
With lots of people soon to be returning to work and/or workplaces, there is understandably a lot of anxiety around how to stay safe at work. Check out the CIOS Growth Hub article ‘Seven tips from seven doctors’ on how to stay healthy and keep protected as you make a return to work.
A new Healthwatch Survey has been launched which aims to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This includes how changes in health and social care services have affected people, as well as the impact of Covid-19 on mental wellbeing. It also looks into what information and services people are accessing and what else could be done to support people.
A different survey is being carried out to help identify how LGBT+ communities in the South West are being affected by the current coronavirus crisis and will help to shape the support that is being provided. If you identify as LGBT+, please can you give your time to completing the survey.
In the same spirit of Macmillan Coffee Morning, Alzheimer’s UK are encouraging people to take part in a fundraising Cupcake Day! You can host a Cupcake Day wherever and whenever is convenient for you – you could have one at home or virtually with friends, family or colleagues. Get your free fundraising pack and check out the range of resources available, from editable posters to recipes and games, you can find everything you knead to make your Cupcake Day a hit.
MOOD BOOSTING SONG – ♫Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One♫
Inspirational Quote - “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
If you are aware of any events, clubs, TV shows, news articles, training courses, volunteering, wellbeing opportunities etc. that can be featured in this weekly bulletin under one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, please let us know so that we can include it in a future email. Also, let us know if you take up any of the opportunities that we promote in these emails – we love a success story!
Just a reminder (for Cornwall Council staff) that this weekly update is now also uploaded on to our ‘Your Weekly Dose of 5 Ways to Wellbeing’ internal intranet page every week at midday Thursday!
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