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As part of our 'Wellbeing: we're onside' campaign with AFC Bournemouth football club, the club's defender and Welsh international, Chris Mepham, is showing you how to improve your (football!) dribbling skills:
We're all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever.
Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there's a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.
Sport England's Join the Movement is all about giving people ideas about how to be physically active while still following the government advice on staying at home and social distancing - #StayInWorkOut.
They’ve pulled together a selection of online exercise platforms with on demand fitness content who either provide free access or have teamed up with Sport England to offer extended trials.
Whether you're looking for Disney dancing or chair-based exercise, take a look at this list of free content and activities, covering:
Taking care of our own health and wellbeing can be the first thing to slide when we're focused on taking care of patients, friends, family and loved ones.
Get up, get moving, enjoy a hobby - activity boosts mood. Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration on how to stay active whether you are in self-isolation or social distancing.
Join Joe Wicks at 9am Monday - Friday for a free workout. It's aimed at kids, but is great fun for everyone - the workouts are suitable for all ages.
You don't need any equipment, just tune in to Joe's You Tube channel for a 30 minute fun workout.
Yoga focusses on strength, flexibility and breathing, and offers a range of health benefits. Regular practice may help people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains and depression and stress.
This 45 minute video is suitable for all fitness levels. The instructor, Li, uses the Vinyasa flow style of yoga, which places strong emphasis on connecting the breath with the yoga poses. Li describes this as "meditation in motion".
Many of you may have enjoyed the free local summer Park Yoga sessions over the last few years. During the pandemic the team at Park Yoga have launched virtual yoga sessions in place of their planned weekly events - watch their pilot video.
Join in every Sunday from 9.30am from 3 May - live on Facebook and YouTube. All you need is a yoga mat, towel or blanket.
Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. It has health benefits for all ages and studies have shown it can help older people reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility and increase muscle strength in the legs.
Here are some links to exercises to start you off:
10 Today is an exercise programme designed to get older adults moving at home and features 10 x 10 minute exercise routines from Sport England to get you stretching and moving.
Add more regular bursts of brisk walking to your daily routine with activity tracking, encouragement and achievable milestones.
Download free from the App Store or Google Play
Get off the couch and running 5K in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.
The National Sleep Foundation
looks at the many challenges you may face at the moment, sleep is so
important right now and offers suggestions to help you get those needed
hours of rest.
Get involved in the 7 challenges and cook-along with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) this week!
seven health challenges are supported by a range of evidence-based,
easy to access resources for you and activities for your children:
10am and 2pm, Monday - Friday BNF are hosting two cooking sessions.
There's a live session at 10am and a different pre-recorded session at
2pm. Follow the cook-alongs on YouTube - if you have children, why not
get them involved! Don't worry if you're unable to join the live
sessions as they can be viewed retrospectively.
their Smart Recipes app, with 160 quick and tasty meal ideas to satisfy
even the fussiest eaters, or mix it up at mealtimes by signing up to
Meal Mixer and receive quick, easy and cheap meal ideas each week.
The British Nutrition Foundation site has tips about how you can put healthy eating into practice.
we're being advised to stay at home as much as possible, this could
result in some people not getting enough vitamin D from sunshine
exposure - the body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin
when outdoors during the spring and summer.
Existing public health advice is that it you're not going outdoors often, you should consider
taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D and it's
therefore recommended that whilst the stay at home measures are in
place, everyone follows this advice (including children, pregnant and
breastfeeding women and older people).
Please note that
this advice is not about preventing COVID-19 or mitigating its effects -
vitamin D is needed to keep bones and muscles healthy. Supplements can
be bought at most pharmacies and supermarkets, but please don't buy
more than you need.
Making the right choices can be confusing, but evidence suggest that what we eat may affect the way we feel as well as our physical health.
Mind explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, and how improving your diet may help to:
help with online learning and CPD at this time, a range of BNF online
training courses are available free of charge between Monday, 20 April -
Monday 4 May 2020. Courses include An introduction to healthy earing
and nutrition, Keeping well at work, and many more - some for the
general public, others for health professionals - see the full range and register here.
Food a fact of life classroom (FFL, part of the British Nutrition Foundation) has over 157 activities and ideas made available to support home learning,
from early years through to secondary pupils. Between 30 March - 1
September 2020 the FFL will be adding activity ideas and resources to
support remote learning at home.
Dorset Mind have created a new website so that you can relax in the county's beauty spots without risking social contact.
The My Dorset Mind website is free to use and can be viewed on any device, including your Smart TV.
Simply choose a view, the sounds you'd like to hear - and enjoy relaxing mindful techniques that will help you escape to your favourite part of the county.
Slow down, pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, senses and the world around you. Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration on how to feel more connected with the world around us.
Smiling Mind has been developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. You can practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device. The app includes 'Thrive Inside', a special initiative to help you remain inspired, stay connected and foster good mental habits during the Coronavirus crisis.
You can download Smiling Mind from the App Store or Google Play.
Many people finid great comfort and strength in spirituality and we hope these spiritual resources will be helpful.
A regular feature of this page is Poem of the week, which we hope you'll find uplifting. Look out for a new poem, sourced by the Trust's Chaplain each week.
By popular request we've compliled all the poems of the week into a new Poetry Library - enjoy browsing ...
Our Steps2Wellbeing Service, in collaboration with the Dorset Recovery Service, have produced a series of excellent Coping with Covid webinars to help you feel less isolated and more connected:
Coming soon ... Mindfulness
The Church of England has also produced a series of podcasts to support Mental Health Awareness Week featuring seven of the 13 reflections on Supporting Good Mental Health. You can also download a pdf of all 13 reflections.
Take a few moments to breathe more deeply and slowly in the company of trees with the poem 'Breathe' by Daniel J Beaudry.
Video created by our Chaplain, the Rev Mike Oates.
This page reflects the wide variety of faiths, spiritual practices and worldviews held by our staff. The Trust affirms none above another and seeks to support people to find the resources they need. Here is a list of national links the Chaplaincy has been made aware of as having been of value to staff and patients.
Ramadan 2020 will take place between 23/24 April and 23/24 May (depending on moon sightings) and will prove a very different experience for Muslims due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pack contains guidelines and advice, signposting resources to help Muslims in Britain make the most of the blessed month, as well as friends, neighbours and colleagues of Muslims. Young Muslims coping with mental health problems during Ramadan can find help here.
These reflections and prayers will be updated each week with fresh inspiration sourced by the Trust's Chaplain.
In England smoking kills 200 people every day. Every day of continued smoking costs an average of 4-6 hours of life expectancy
Read this #Quit for COVID information.
• Quitting smoking as soon as possible and for good, is more important than ever before in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) complications
• Data from China shows that smokers with infections have a higher risk of COVID-19 complications than non-smokers
If you are drinking heavily you are at increased risk of the health impacts of COVID-19 and self-isolation may lead some people to drink more alcohol than usual.
However, please note that it may be dangerous to stop drinking suddenly if you are dependent on alcohol. This advice sheet provides guidance on gradual alcohol self-reduction at home, wellbeing advice and links to support and helplines.
COVID-19 causes flu-like symptoms and can affect your lungs and breathing. Drugs like heroin, methadone and valium can also affect your breathing and make you more vulnerable to infection and fatal overdose.
Guidance on how to stay safe can be found in this advice sheet, which also has links to relevant support and helplines. Again, if you are dependent on any drugs it is NOT safe to suddenly withdraw.