Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging you to invest in your future self this Self Care Week (16 – 22 November) by making small changes that can make a big difference. We want all of our residents to live a healthier and happier life and to have access to help and healthcare when required.
“We want to empower you to make healthier lifestyle choices daily. That’s why we’re encouraging you to invest in yourself and think about your health and wellbeing long term. There are a variety of online and in-person resources that can help you do just that,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services
“I also know that many of you may have been cautious about seeking medical help and advice since the coronavirus pandemic started. I want to reassure you that help is available. The NHS is open and your local doctors are here to support you with any physical or mental wellbeing concerns.”
If you need help to better manage mental illness such as anxiety and depression, Wokingham Council’s Recovery College could be for you. If you’re a Wokingham resident, you can simply enrol and join courses online, from the comfort of your own home.
The courses are suitable for those over the age of 18 and provide recovery-focused mental health education that can help you to; grow beyond what has happened to you, discover a new sense of self and explore possibilities to rebuild a better life. You can find out more and register online here.
In addition, Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias. If you’re aged 17 and over and living in Berkshire, they can help you overcome the mental health challenges you’re facing.
They are available, 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0300 365 2000. If you or a loved one is facing a mental health emergency, use the NHS 111 online service, or simply call 111.
Mental Health support is available for the children of Wokingham too. Kooth offer free online counselling and emotional well-being support for our younger residents. For more information visit www.kooth.com
Arc Wokingham also provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for children aged 11 and over to explore their thoughts and feelings. To find out more visit www.arcweb.org.uk
Our Public Health team have also pulled together a range of tips and resources to help you in invest in yourself – supporting your physical and mental wellbeing in the process.
Some tips for self-care:
- Plan practical things: structure and plan your day. Getting into a new routine can help you feel better and more in control
- Keep in touch: stay connected with family, friends and work colleagues through phone or video calls and social media
- Talk about your feelings: talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same
- Keep active and eat well: just like the other organs in your body your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well. Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem and helping you concentrate and feel better. Resources are available on the Better Health website
- Take time to relax: this can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve wellbeing
- Connect with nature: where possible, try to connect with the outdoors, even if it’s simply by watching through a window, looking at trees or watching birds flying past