Health and wellbeing
What is health and wellbeing?
Health and wellbeing is about living a fulfilled life through being both physically and emotionally healthy.
Health and wellbeing can be affected by everyday worries relating to money, work, home, people around us, and the environment we live in. Wellbeing can also be affected if we don’t feel in control of our life, or if we feel anxious or isolated.
At Yorkshire Housing we’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our customers and our staff.
How can health and wellbeing be improved?
Making simple choices today can have a huge influence on our health and wellbeing; now and in the future. You don’t have to do it alone, why not make small changes yourself with friends and family.
One You is a campaign designed to support us in making better choices to improve our health and wellbeing. One You provides tools, support and encouragement every step of the way. Why not start with an assessment of where you’re currently at? Try the ‘How Are You?’ ten minute quiz today.
Eating and drinking
What we put into our bodies has a huge impact on what we get out, and this isn’t limited to waistline. Our mood, energy levels and overall health are dependent on a well-balanced diet. The NHS’s Change4life programme offers some easy food swaps that can make a big difference to you and your family. Eating healthily is not about cutting out nice things, it’s about having a balanced diet.
The same goes for drinking and it’s important to know your limits. It is recommended that we have no more than 14 units of alcohol spread over the week, but do you know how much a unit is? Find out at Drink Aware where you can also seek expert support if you are concerned that you or a family member has a problem with alcohol.
Getting active and staying active does wonders for our health and wellbeing. It doesn’t just lower the risk of many diseases, it also activates endorphins or ‘happy hormones’. If you’re unsure where to start, a good option is the couch to 5k plan – a set programme to help you go from no exercise to jogging 5 kilometres in 9 weeks. Not sure jogging is for you? There are so many options that don’t include a gym membership but can still bring about the many benefits of being active.
A bit of stress is normal and a part of everyday life, but too much stress can affect how you think, feel and act. It can have an impact on your physical health and lead to feelings of being unable to cope.
Lots of things can cause stress and it’s different for every person, however there are some key things that we know a lot of people find stressful, such as work and money problems. At Yorkshire Housing we work to reduce these stresses where possible.
Our benefits and money advice experts can support and advise on your financial worries. Or, if your stresses are caused by a struggle to gain employment or further your career, our employment and enterprise service could help.
As well as tackling the causes of stresses directly, it is important to learn how to manage stresses. Make time for relaxation and mindfulness. There are plenty of resources online that can help, including the headspace app which only requires a couple of minutes a day. Meditation not for you? Then check out these top ten ideas for busting stress.