Self-Care – People urged to get out and about or get creative to tackle loneliness

Get out, share experiences and get active are key messages of a new campaign launched to coincide with national Self Care week (Nov 12 – 16).

The campaign has a particular focus on drink awareness and eating healthily, both with the underlying message of reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The statistics show 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 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.

The campaign will signpost people to practical ideas and resources that can tackle these issues and help improve individual health and wellbeing.