It is important that we look after our health in these challenging times.
The stress of coping with the pandemic has affected many of us mentally and emotionally as well as physically.
If you feel anxious, depressed, lonely or lacking in motivation, you are not alone and it is important to share how you feel even if only with a relation, friend or colleague.
Some charities offer free help and Wokingham Council has launched its Recovery College, a new mental health service where you can access workshops and training sessions.
Visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk for a variety of useful support packs, guides and activities. Search “Coping during coronavirus.”
Other useful websites to help individuals improve their mental health, manage their own lives and form stronger social relationships are:
Mind.Org telephone 0300 123 3393 (Mon.-Fri. 9 to 6) a new mental health service commissioned by the Borough Council.
http://www.samaritans.org.uk telephone 116 123 is a 24-hour free helpline. This helps people suffering from feelings of distress or despair.
http://www.nhs.co.uk where you can search “Mental Health” is also very helpful.
More detailed information concerning the above can be found on http://www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughcouncil which is where I found many of the above facts.
Certain houseplants can improve the air quality in our homes and places of work by reducing stress and boosting our mood.
Highly recommended are the following:
Peace Lily: This is one of the top air-purifying indoor plants. It is an evergreen which dislikes direct sunlight and prefers humid spaces. I have one in my bathroom where it continues to thrive.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue: Also called Snake Plant, this is hardy, easy to grow and improves air quality.
English Ivy: This purifies the air and helps to reduce mould spores.
Aloe Vera: This has great air-purifying qualities.
Note: Indoor plants can be grown from seed costing approximately £1.99 per packet.
Written by Anita McGhee – Head of Blogs