Health and wellbeing
Our lifestyles can be less healthy than we think. Whether it’s eating the wrong foods, drinking more alcohol than we should, smoking or just not being active enough, these things can add up to an unhealthy you. One You is a website providing information and guidance to help adults across the country live a healthier life.
Making better choices can have a huge influence on your health and could prevent diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce your risk of stroke, dementia, disability and frailty in later life.
The free online health quiz, ‘How Are You’, can help you identify where changes can be made. It provides personalised recommendations, tools and encouragement to help improve your health right away.
For more information, and to take the ‘How Are You’ online quiz, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou
Improve your wellbeing
Wellbeing is characterised by feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement. Having a sense of control, purpose in life and belonging and having positive relationships with others are also important parts of wellbeing.
The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ are actions you can take in your everyday life that have been shown to promote personal wellbeing:
- Connect – With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
- Be active – Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
- Take notice – Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Keep learning – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
- Give – Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
For free help, advice and support to give up smoking, contact your local NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0800 622 6968 or speak to your GP. You can also contact the smokefree national helpline on 0300 123 1044, or go to the NHS Smokefree website www.nhs.uk/smokefree
East Sussex residents can also visit www.quit51.co.uk
For help, advice and support to reduce your alcohol intake, contact your GP. Alternatively, visit www.thinkdrinkdrugs.co.uk or contact:
STAR – East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service
Offers drug and alcohol treatment and recovery support to individuals and their loved ones across East Sussex. All services are free.
Tel: 0300 30 38 160
Brighton & Hove
Offers free confidential help and advice to young people and their families.
Offers advice for adults who are misusing drugs and/or alcohol.
Being cold at home isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be very bad for your health. The East Sussex Winter Home Check Service is free and available all year round for:
- older people;
- families with children;
- disabled people with disabilities; and
- people with an ongoing health condition who are on a low income.
The check includes an assessment of your home to identify how to keep warm, small works such as improving insulation or repairing boilers, emergency temporary heating and advice on getting help to pay for heating. Contact Osborne Energy on 0800 085 1674 to arrange a visit. For more information, go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/keepwarm
Libraries in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove stock the recommended titles in many formats, including large print, audio and e-books. In East Sussex, further details can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk
In Brighton & Hove, the titles are available for library members to download from overdrive.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk