Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO20 April 2021

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin April 2021

Welcome

Your one stop shop supporting you and signposting you to your amazing local and national health and wellbeing services. We are currently sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the COVID-19 pandemic and featuring Stress Awareness Month and World Health Day on April 7th.


Stress awareness Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness

According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Stress is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.

If we can understand what makes us stressed then we can learn to take steps to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

Take the Individual stress test and get access to some great de-stressing tools.


yoga for children  April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Potential Kids in Welwyn Hatfield is a charity providing learning, social and sports activities for neurodiverse children and young people.

They offer weekly yoga class for SEN kids and their siblings to help improve flexibility, strength, coordination and to help increase concentration and calmness.

Potential kids are also offering yoga classes for parents and carers of SEN kids.  Click the link to find out more


Health Day 7th April World Health Day April 7th 2021

Building a fairer, healthier world

World Health Day, 7 April 2021, is led by the World Health Organisation (WHO).They are campaigning this year to build a fairer, healthier world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not spared any corner of the world. For many it has been terrifying and brought tragedy. For all of us it has been exhausting. Its impact has been felt by those least able to look after themselves.

Globally there has been a gradual increase in mental health difficulties-anxiety and depression.


Anxiety can be reduce in some many different way- Why not try Thought Field Therapy- TFT

If you are suffering from emotional issues?  . ..and you are not sure where to turn. One session of TFT has the ability to help reduce anxiety through a tapping technique. Click here to find out more Lindsey Fitness Online | Keeping You Fit For The Life You Lead


The new icon for 'connect'                                                               

CONNECT...... with nature to de-stress                                   

Bird song  Natural soundscapes, such as the symphony of birds and trickling water, can positively influence human health, new research has confirmed                                                                        

The benefits of nature is endless, The proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discovered that exposure to birdsong can help to reduce stress, while the soft sound of flowing water can boost positivity.In Britain we are blessed with an incredible variety of beautiful bird song in spring. From the nightingale to the blackbird, here is your guide to the best British songbirds, including how to identify each species.  Click here to access the bird song identifier

Researchers found that water was the most effective mood-booster, with the continuous sound of water masking other unwanted noise (such as traffic).


easter eggs in a basket The Rule of 6 means we can socialise outside again for Easter 

Checkout our events page for details on what's happening in Welwyn Hatfield over the Easter Holidays.

Health and wellbeing events

REMEMBER  SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES STILL APPLY .

From the 29th of March the social lockdown rules changed allowing us to socialise outside in groups of 6 or two families together. Social distancing rules still apply. Watch this video which simply explain the Rule of 6
 


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 KEEP LEARNING.....to understand what makes you stressed

working from home children running   Understanding Stress course with the New Leaf College

Stress is a reaction that is becoming more prevalent in today's fast paced society. This short course will increase your knowledge of what the effects of stress are on you psychologically and physiologically.

On this course you will also explore the practical ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life. To understand what stress is and the common causes and signs of stress.To become aware of coping strategies for stress and how to apply them to your own life.


 person in orchardEating health food is good for your mental health 

It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health - we have all heard the saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'! However the latest research suggests that it is also beneficial for your mental health.

Neel Ocean and Peter Howley, the experts from the University of Leeds suggest that adding one portion to your diet per day could be as beneficial to your mental wellbeing as going for a walk an extra 8 days a month.

So if improving your mental health is as simple as eating more fruit or vegetables every day - what are you waiting for? Why not try our latest Healthy Hub recipe it's nutritious, quick and easy and cheap.


berry yogurt pot  Mmm another yummy healthy quick and easy recipe from Liz Paffley 

Fruity Yogurt Pot with Berries

Follow this quick and easy recipe using berries which are not only full of vitamin c they are also rich in antioxidants. In addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds may reduce disease risk too.

Icon for pdf fruity yogurt pot recipe [535.73KB]


The new icon for 'give'

GIVE...to your local charities

volunteer image Mind in Mid Herts are a charity who support people who suffer with mental health problems. The charity has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic developing more services to support those who have struggled. As we start to move out of lockdown Mind in Mid Herts still have many volunteer vacancies to fill.

At Mind in Mid Herts they offer rewarding voluntary roles from being a course facilitator to a counsellor. It's a great way to connection with the people around you and give back to the wider community Click here  to see their volunteer vacancies.


Blooming marvelous volunteering project Welwyn Hatfield CVS are recruiting blooming marvelous volunteers for their gardening project

The Blooming Marvelous gardening scheme was set up as a result of the amount of enquires they received from residents who were elderly or with mobility issues needing a hand to maintain their gardens. They now have a team of volunteers who work together to fulfill the clients request and they often exceed their expectations. That is why in 2021, they renamed the project; adding an extension to the name to reflect their commitment, dedication and the friendships they have forged; we think they are blooming marvellous.

Click here to register to volunteer on the gardening project


The new icon for 'take notice' 

TAKE NOTICE.....our faithful friends suffer with stress too!

dogs lying down The Blue Cross fears some dogs may struggle as lockdown restrictions tentatively lift, especially when owners head back to work.

Excessive panting, pacing and dilated pupils are among the subtle signs your dog may be stressed, a vet from The Blue Cross has warned.

Claire Haynes, also an animal behaviourist at The Blue Cross, added: "Dogs like routine and the new normal may be confusing and stressful for them. With routines set to change again, this could come as a shock and lead to more stressed out pets.

Signs of stress in a dog can be when it yawns or if they're not eating. Check out this roadmap out of lockdown for pets


two cats Did you know your favorite furry friend could actually help reduce your stress and lower your blood pressure?

There are multiple studies indicate that pets are powerful forms of stress relief, lowering not only blood pressure but also harmful stress hormones like cortisol, but they also elevate beneficial hormones like, oxytocin which is linked to happiness and relaxation.

Fostering a pet with the Blue Cross can be a great way to try out having a pet and see if you like it. Just click here to find out more 


Its important to take notice of your breathing because when we are stressed we don't always breathe properly

Learning some breathing techniques can be a simple way to reduce your anxiety and stress. 

This video focuses on two relaxing breathing techniques: Square breathing (aka box breathing, 4x4 breathing, 4-part breath, etc.) and Pursed breathing.


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BE ACTIVE....Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools are open

Step 1 of the lockdown roadmap (phase 2) came into force on 29 March

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Outdoor sports lockdown restrictions have now changed. Sports England have created some Frequently asked questions on the national coronavirus restrictions | Sport England The answers to these questions apply from Monday 29 March when Step 1 (phase 2) begins and will be valid until Step 2 comes into force, which will be no earlier than Monday 12 April. 


HAPpy Activities programme Hertfordshire Free Holiday Activity Programme. There are still places available

Children and young people can take part in a range of sports and cultural activities, as well as receive advice on nutrition and cooking skills to enhance their health and wellbeing. 

Young peoples activities;

Fun and informal workshops to help with a healthy physical and emotional lifestyle • Free lunch / food • Sports, Dance, Games and Activities • Meeting and socialising with other young people.

Basketball-Football-Drama-Cooking-Crafting

Check out all there is to do in Hertfordshire over the Easter holidays using the HAPpy activity finder.


woman on trampoline If you're a Welwyn Hatfield Sports club then we are encouraging you to apply for a Sport England return to play grant.

There are two parts to the fund:

Return to play: Small grants £300 - 10k

This fund is to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

Return to play: Community asset fund £10.01k-50k

This is designed to provide capital funding, predominantly from the National Lottery, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

Herts Sports Partnership are working closely with Funding 4 Sport, who can support with writing the applications. So, if you're interested in applying please contact sport@welhat.gov.uk

Return to Play: Small Grants | Sport England

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund | Sport England


 

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