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Key Autumn 2018 Wellbeing Dates

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Know Your Numbers Week 10th – 16th September 2018

Know your Numbers!

Is Blood Pressure UK's flagship awareness campaign. 

This year's goal is to encourage everyone to know the risks of high blood pressure.

NHS guidance tells us that persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as:

If you have high blood pressure, reducing it even a small amount can help lower your risk of these conditions.

For tips to reduce high blood pressure click here.

Why not ask one of the charities to come in during this week and arrange for anyone wanting to know their numbers to have their blood pressure checked.

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National Fitness Day – 26th September 2018

The aim of National Fitness Day is to encourage physical activity.  

So use 26th September to start a campaign in your workplace to encourage people to get more active.

Aim to get 1 hour of physical activity / 10,000 steps per day: 

Cambridge University and the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences found that at least one hour of physical activity per day, for example brisk walking or cycling,

eliminates the association between sitting time and early death.

Promote workplace activity: 

You could start a lunch walking club / walking challenge or cycle to work scheme.

Apps such as Active 10, Walking World and Stand Up encourage and/or track movement and activity.

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National Work–Life Week 1st – 5th October 2018

This is an opportunity for workplaces to focus on well-being and work-life balance.

Employers can use this week to highlight the benefits of their employment practices and policies to promote wellbeing and productivity.

A recent research article published in The Lancet states working a 55-hour week brings with it a risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.  

Working long hours can also make you fatter, increase your risk of diabetes and make you depressed. 

It can even lead to an early death.

A study looking at the health of people who sat for a long time found that they had a nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause.

For some ideas click here

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World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health WFMH) is  Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

Raise awareness of the issues facing young people today; bullying, suicide, mental ill health, substance abuse, trauma and gender identity by providing relevant information and resources to help young people grow up healthy, happy and resilient. 

Click here for handouts and fact sheets.

Use the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay to spread awareness about World Mental Health Day.

 

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World Values Day – 18th October 2018

World Values Day is an opportunity to think about our most deeply held values and to act on them. 

This year’s theme is about putting our values into action in our communities.

To mark World Values Day organisations are being encouraged to follow four simple steps:

  1. Choose a community
  2. Choose a value that you feel is really important for that community.
  3. Take action to make a positive impact on the community
  4. Share it using #WorldValuesDay

To find out more about the values challenge visit click here.

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International Stress Awareness Day – 7th November 2018

The Labour Force Survey found that in 2016-17, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40 per cent of all work-related ill health cases and 49 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health.

Consider teaching the workforce to use the Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Matrix to reduce stress and improve wellbeing by supporting the development of psychological flexibility. 

The ACT Matrix helps us to notice the difference between sensory and mental experiences and the difference between how it feels to move towards and away from.  

Sometimes we are, in our mind, at the bottom of the matrix and sometimes we are connected to our senses at the top of the matrix.  

Sometimes we are moving towards what is important and other times we are moving away.  

Knowing where you are will help you to make better decisions and take effective action.

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World Kindness Day – 13th November 2018

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 

Leo Buscaglia

Kindness Day UK is a nationally recognised day to celebrate kindness in society and day to day life.

Annually individual acts of kindness are encouraged on this day. 

Examples of acts of kindness are:

  • Send out a Kindness Day email to everyone in the company/organisation showing your appreciation for their hard work
  • Raise money for a local/your preferred charity
  • Organise an office treat such as a company breakfast or lunch for the team
  • Ask everyone to donate a non-perishable food item for your local Food Bank
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Take time out with someone you care about.
  • Give the team some time off for a socially responsible activity e.g. cleaning the local beach, providing a charity with advice and guidance in their area of expertise, cleaning up a children’s park etc.


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