At GMW we encourage our staff and service users to look after their physical health, because introducing a healthier lifestyle not only brings physical benefits, but can also make a difference to a person’s mental wellbeing.
Taking care of your physical health can be anything from improving your sleep patterns, to changing your alcohol intake, or even just introducing a small amount of light exercise. There are numerous ways to improve your physical health.
This page provides information, links and a few useful tools on how someone’s physical health can be improved.
So go on… Help Yourself to Health!
Keeping active and introducing physical exercise into your lifestyle not only improves your physical fitness, but can also benefit your mental health as well. There are a number of ways to introduce physical exercise and activities that will benefit a person’s health. Walking or cycling are both great ways to exercise, and at the same time can help to reduce stress levels. Taking part in team sports is another way of introducing physical activity, and this can also help to develop a person’s social and interactive skills.
No matter what limitations a person may have, there are lots of activities that will benefit not only your physical health, but your mental health as well.
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A balanced and well maintained diet will help people to avoid certain illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In addition to the physical benefits, eating healthily will also have a positive effect on your mental health, and can lower the risk of depression or anxiety.
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Five Ways to Wellbeing
We know that eating five portions of fruit and veg a day can help to keep us healthy. But researchers have found that people who introduce the following five steps into their lifestyles can improve their mental wellbeing too:
Connect... With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Keep learning... Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Fix a bike. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Be active... Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good.
Take notice... Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful or the surprising . Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends.
Give... Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
Alcohol - Know Your Limits
Many people consume less than the recommended daily amount of alcohol and will not suffer from any alcohol-related illnesses. However, for some the amount of alcohol they drink is above the recommended daily allowance and this could put them at risk of both physical and mental health issues.
Alcohol misuse is drinking more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption and many people who have alcohol-related health problems aren't alcoholics. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume will benefit your health as well as your state of mind.
The link below offers useful guidelines on how much alcohol is safe to consume and the impact alcohol has on your mental health:
Help Yourself to Health