Throughout January you may have noticed that we dedicated our social media channels to sharing all things wellbeing.
With the on-going pandemic and the gloomy days of winter, we know it has been a tough time, so we wanted to share some of the tips and advice that we found when doing our research on how to stay well in body and mind.
Walking and getting outdoors
Mental health charity, Mind recommend planning your days around getting as much natural light as possible, so whether you’re at home or working from the office, this is an easy way to help lift your mood.
If you’re an Anchorage tenant, you’ll likely be familiar with the wealth of greenspace we have nearby. From Monmouth Park, a perfect spot for a picnic, to Clarendon Recreation Ground if you fancy having a kickabout, there are lots of options a short walk or tram stop away.
Not forgetting that we are based right on Salford Quays, perfect for a lunchtime stroll.
Anchorage tenants can visit the wellbeing section on our Dwellant portal to find a full list of parks and outdoor spaces. We also have information on local running routes for those who want to get a sweat on before or after work!
This segues us nicely on to exercise. Everyone knows the benefits of exercise, so we won’t reel them off here, but whether it’s a 20-minute walk around the block at lunchtime or a 60-minute virtual weightlifting class, do something each day to get yourself moving. With fewer cars on the road and planes in the sky over this last year, our air is cleaner than it was before the pandemic, so if you can do your exercise outdoors in the natural light and fresh air, then that’s even better.
Meditation and mindfulness
Did you know that mindfulness is now being taught in schools and colleges? Mindfulness and meditation can be really useful tools for dealing with the stresses of everyday life and you’d be surprised how a quick 10-minute meditation can turn your mood around.
There are lots of books, apps and websites that can help to guide you; perhaps seek out a short YouTube clip to listen to before bed or first thing in the morning. We recommend mobile apps Headspace or Calm, particularly if you’re having trouble sleeping or winding down after a long day of working or home-schooling.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, then don’t suffer alone. There are plenty of resources in the local area and beyond that can help. Here’s just a few:
Six Degrees Social Enterprise
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH)
Mind in Salford
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