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Date: May 14, 2021
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.
Wednesday 12th May –We awarded 3 hours of free companionship services to one of our client’s as part of our commitment to Mental Health Awareness Week
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.
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 -Exercise at Home – Bridgewater Home Care
Bridgewater Home Care Wigan was also proud to take part in 10,000 steps a day in February for Brain Tumour Research. We encouraged people to walk around their local area, garden, and even their own home! – whilst talking on the phone to walk around their house or walk on the spot whilst watching TV.
The video on this link, by Buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service, helps to bring the outside into the home of people who may find it difficult to get outside. It’s also useful for anyone who wants to take 20 minutes out of their day to be mindful with some help from nature.
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:
Download these free documents from MHFA England on mental health and wellbeing:
Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 helpline – 0800 953 0285
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 us at 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.
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 215 888 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org