Self-Care – tackling loneliness


 

We are urging people to get out and about or get creative to help tackle loneliness

With the winter months rapidly upon us, the county-wide campaign to raise awareness of how ‘self-care’ can positively affect your wellbeing continues to promote messages about making healthy lifestyle changes.

Aimed at people of all ages across Leicestershire and will be raising awareness on topics such as diabetes, healthy eating and high blood pressure.

The promotion of ways to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation is also a key element of the campaign from the county’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

The statistics show that more than 37,000 adults in Leicestershire have diabetes. There are also over 100,000 people in Leicestershire registered to have Hypertension (high blood pressure). Both of which can be avoided with a healthier lifestyle and diet.

Part of this campaign also focuses on reducing isolation and loneliness and encouraging as many people as possible to look after their wellbeing this winter through self-care.

Feelings of isolation and loneliness can affect people at any age.   For example over 49,000 people aged 65 and over are currently living alone in Leicestershire.  During the winter months, with temperatures dropping, feelings of isolation and loneliness can start to increase.

Through social media, we will signpost where people can access advice and information. We will also encourage people to look at the things they can do every day, to support their health and wellbeing this winter and feature a number of seasonal themes focusing on keeping both body and mind healthy and active.

Information and support on self-care will be shared throughout the winter period and to support people in improving their health and wellbeing now and preventing illness further down the line.

Getting involved

Follow our social media campaign on twitter #selfcareforlife #leics and @leicsHWB

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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

Other ways to stay safe and well this winter

It can be easy to accidentally slip or trip – so be prepared and find out more about preventing a fall

Now the temperatures are dropping it is important to take steps to keep your home warm

 

Our top tips


Find out more about diabetes symptoms on NHS Choices

Take a closer look at how you can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes

Discover new ways to eat well and get your 5-a-day

Be inspired to move more and squeeze just 10 minutes of brisk exercise into your day

Why not go for a winter walk or cycle in Leicestershire


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