Think Self Care for Life - Invest in your future self
Issued: Monday, November 18
This Self Care Week, we are highlighting the importance of getting active and taking part in our sports, leisure, arts, cultural and educational services that take place weekly across the communities we serve.
Running from November 18 to November 24, national campaign Self Care Week encourages people to make small changes that can make a big difference to their lifestyle and overall physical and mental wellbeing. These can be categorised in the following areas:
- Get active. General advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, ideally incorporated into a daily routine.
- Eat well. We all know that eating is crucial to our health, so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for options such as nuts, seeds and fruit.
- Make positive changes.Take steps to avoid those bad habits that don’t serve you well – make a plan to stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and get active.
- Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours per night!
- Stop! These days we lead such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful. Set aside some time in your day to read a book.
Ben Frary, Senior Sports Development Officer said:
‘’It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future, and often, one small change can make a big difference to your wellbeing.
“For instance, choosing to become more active will not only improve your physical health, it will also boost your mood. Our varied exercise programme has something for everyone, including low impact and chair based exercises for people who are managing long term health problems.”
‘Active Forever’ offers the opportunity for those referred from their GP to complete an exercise referral programme, after which they are eligible for a concessionary rate.
Lincs Inspire Libraries also support 'Read well' a national campaign providing people managing long term health problems and their carers, high quality book based information, support and advice on a range of health conditions. Read Well has a recommended reading list of 28 books selected by health experts and people living with long term conditions.
As a charitable trust focused on inspiring people to lead active, healthy and fulfilling lives through sporting, leisure, cultural activities and educational services, we are proud to be supporting Self Care Week.