May 16, 2021
Bridgewater Home Care held a well-being schedule of activities to celebrate the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May. There’s a lot of good research to support the role nature can play in protecting and supporting our mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation reported that “During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites that showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.”
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing (source: Mind).
Bridgewater Home Care Wigan team held a lunchtime well-being walk on the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week.
If anyone is feeling nervous about going out, we would suggest that you make a point of planning what you want to do and knowing where you want to go. One of the main things that might help is to talk to people, friends and family, about the fact that you are nervous and that you haven’t been outside for a long time. There are also ways that you can Connect With Nature indoors as well as outdoors and a guide by the Samaritans gives some great tips.
Other Well-being Activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
For the rest of the week our Wigan, Warrington and Bolton home care teams organised various events:
Tuesday 11th May – Bridgewater Home Care Wigan and Warrington held raffles for their amazing Care Specialists. The prizes were well-being pamper gift sets!
Sonia, one of the Wigan Care Specialists, collected her prize and told us, ” I can’t wait to start using it! I am going to share the £20 voucher for Pemberton Fish bar with some of my clients. “
Wednesday 12th May -All Bridgewater Home Care Offices awarded 3 hours of free companionship services to one of their client’s as part of our commitment to Mental Health Awareness Week.
Bridgewater Home Care Bolton also offered an afternoon tea for two, as well as the 3 hours of free companionship services and their client said she was ” overwhelmed ” when she heard that she had won. She was even more excited when the Care Manager told her that her regular carer had made plans to share the afternoon tea with her the following week so that her care client had something to look forward to.
Companionship services offer a caring and constant friendship for our clients. They have someone to chat to, to help with the chores and shopping and to share their hobbies or a film with. Someone to rely on and even provide the support to keep in touch with friends and family online.
The mental health benefits include reducing the risk of loneliness, social isolation, depression, anxiety, and stress. The main focus of companionship care is the emotional support and friendship that plays a key role in the mental health and wellbeing of our clients. It can also help them to maintain their independence, just with practical support and companionship when wanted.
Thursday 13th May – Bridgewater Home Care Wigan and Warrington took part in a FREE wellbeing fitness session, in the evening at Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield, with a donation to Mind. The office and care staff who took part had such fun and it was such a great success that some of them now want to attend weekly fitness sessions in the park. The training was kindly provided by Stuart at Train Repeat Improve Coaching.
Friday 14th May – Bridgewater Home Care Warrington wore green to raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week.
One of the Warrington Care Specialists also posted on social media about it :
“This week is mental health week and today we wore green. We wore green to raise awareness for mental health for Bridgewater Home Care Warrington to let our clients know that if ever they are feeling down that we have ears to listen, a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold. (Metaphorically at the moment any way)… It is important that we all should be more aware of the consequence of not taking care of ourselves, and our well being and what is out there for support. Mental health plays a massive part in my life as I have my own struggles, but knowing I have special people around me to support me makes it all the more easier to deal with. If you are struggling. You are not alone. You will never be alone. Don’t give up. You got this. Safe to say we got some smiles from our amazing clients .”
Exercise in nature
For Mental Health Awareness Week, The Mental Health Foundation included some top tips on how you can build your own connection with nature.
One of their tips is about exercise in nature, ” If you’re physically able to exercise, try to do it outside – whether it’s a run, cycle or a short walk. Walking or running outdoors in nature may help to prevent or reduce feelings of anger, tiredness and sadness. Try leaving the headphones at home – unless you’re listening to nature sounds of course! Or why not try new routes that bring you closer to green spaces or water? “
Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.
But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.
Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
During the first lockdown, we shared some tips and external links showcasing the benefits of exercising at home.
Bridgewater Home Care Wigan office staff were determined to get fitter at the beginning of this year, enjoying the fresh air, whilst raising vital funds for Maggie’s.
Bridgewater Home Care Wigan and Warrington were also proud to take part in 10,000 steps a day in February for Brain Tumour Research. They encouraged their team and families to walk around their local area, garden, and even their own home!
5 Steps to Mental Well-Being
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and well-being. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life: 5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Download these free documents from MHFA England on mental health and wellbeing:
Need to talk about your Mental Health?
The Samaritans 24/7 helpline – 116 123
Shout is a text message service that can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – text 85258.
Mental Health Awareness Week might only be seven days long, but for Bridgewater Home Care, it exists every day and we want to help our clients and staff to be happy and focus on their well-being.
How Bridgewater Home Care Can Help
A regular routine, a familiar environment, and good company can help make your loved ones feel safe, reduce loneliness, and enhance their quality of life. Receiving care at home is an opportunity for your loved one to be able to stay in their own home, close to family, friends and support networks for as long as possible.
If you would like to learn more about Bridgewater Home Care’s expert and dedicated Companionship focussed Dementia and Alzheimer’s care, please do get in touch with a member of our friendly and professional Bridgewater team members today. One of us will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
You can reach us on 01942 215888 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org