Self-Care – Connect, meet or make time this winter!
With a focus on reducing isolation and loneliness we want to encourage as many people as possible to look after their wellbeing this winter through self-care.
Over 49,000 people aged 65+ are currently living alone in Leicestershire but feelings of isolation and loneliness can affect people at any age. During the winter months, with temperatures dropping, feelings of isolation and loneliness can start to increase.
A change in personal circumstances such as becoming a parent, going through divorce or bereavement, can also increase isolation and loneliness. Social opportunities previously enjoyed may no longer be available. Some groups of people may also feel isolated or lonely due to their everyday routines and commitments. For example only 31% of adult carers in Leicestershire have as much social contact as they would like.
There is a strong link between reduced health and wellbeing and isolation and loneliness. A lack of social connections is as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Staying active, in both body and mind, can include social activities that help you stay connected or meet new people.
We are tackling loneliness with practical ideas and resources that can help improve individual health and wellbeing. Follow our social media campaign on twitter @LeicsHWB #selfcareforlife #leics
Our top tips
Connect, be active, take notice, learn, give – take a look at five ways to wellbeing
Learning something new can increase your social interaction and help you be more active
Find local activities near you to help you get active your way!
There are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out
Feeling isolated and need to find health, social care or other local support?
You look after someone else but are you looking after yourself too? Find out about carer support