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Looking After Your Physical and Mental Health

We recognise that the past eighteen months have been an immensely challenging one for all our members, and we want to encourage you to keep active and to take care of your mental wellbeing. Below are some resources that might help.

Exercises you can do at home or outside:

  • Guides to easy and gentle sitting, strength, flexibility, and balance exercises are available on the NHS website
  • Basic Yoga poses – Yoga is a good way for people of all ages to improve their strength and flexibility and can also be relaxing and good for your mental wellbeing. Take a look at some basic yoga poses you can do at home from WebMD – and if you’re interested in learning more, Yoga with Adriene is a great free series on YouTube that includes easy yoga with kids (as an added incentive, the videos often feature her dog Benji too!)
  • Strength and Flex – a 5-week plan delivered via a podcast from the NHS designed to improve your strength and flexibility
  • Couch to 5K – a 9-week plan from the NHS designed to help you get running. Download a podcast and listen as you run, building up your time spent running each week
  • Scottish Ballet Health at Hand – a series of accessible videos that you can do at home, originally designed to support NHS and Care staff. Choose from Relax, Rejuvenate and Energize!

Looking after your mental health:

Time for some fun? Light-hearted activities to break up your day:

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