Getting Active at Home and Outdoors
MIND have developed a Get Active, Feel Good webpage providing some handy tips, resources and inspirational stories to help you stay active at home. You can access the webpage here.
Many of us are worrying about the current situation around coronavirus and how it might affect our lives. It's likely that we'll be working from home for longer periods of time to help keep us all safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, it's important we recognise how it may affect our mental health and ensure we are taking care of ourselves and our colleagues. You can access tips and support on this topic, here.
The West Midlands Combined Authority have recently launched Thrive at Home, a new recommended resource for employers, line managers and employees to help support the mental health & wellbeing of remote teams and homeworkers.
We also recommend practicing relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. Follow an NHS yoga workout to improve strength and tackle stress, try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.
How about you research the local walks you want to do, plan a new cycle route, or get the kids to make a list of new activities they'd like to try? Our friends at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have provided basic information about social distancing, local walking and cycling routes, bike safety and maintenance. You can explore this here.
Guidance on accessing green spaces safely can be read here.
Further information about staying healthy, active and well can be found on our dedicated Sport Birmingham COVID-19 response page.
Join the Movement
Join the Movement is Sport England's brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you stay active while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
Click here to find out more.
Tai Chi and Qigong
The practice of Tai Chi & Qigong strengthen both mind and body and classes are open to all ages and abilities. Classes are held both online and face-to-face across Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Lichfield and Tamworth.
Classes are available both indoors and outdoors and are also FREE in local parks. Further information can be found at www.paintingtherainbow.co.uk
If you are interested in finding out more about Tai Chi and Qigong across the UK, please visit www.taichiunion.com
The Importance of Sleep
Stress, anxiety and depression are some of the most common causes of insomnia. Exercise or physical activity is a fantastic way to not only improve your physical health, but also your emotional wellbeing which in turn, should improve how you sleep.
Our friends at How to Sleep have created an in-depth guide about managing insomnia and healthy sleep - especially amid COVID-19, which can be found here.