Helping Eastleigh residents stay physically fit – and in good mental health

During the coronavirus lockdown

staying well

Advice and other resources for residents staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, that focuses as much on mental wellbeing as physical health, has been developed by Eastleigh Borough Council.

Eastleigh Borough Council have been working on ways to support residents during the coronavirus pandemic by offering advice on health and wellbeing while at home.

During this challenging time of social distancing and self-isolation the Council’s Health and Wellbeing team are providing a variety of ways to help the residents of the Borough with healthy recipes, creative ideas, streaming fitness classes and accessibility to resources from the Every Mind Matters campaign.

Every Mind Matters is a campaign devised by Public Health England and offers people tips and advice to help dealing with social isolation, social distancing and the virus itself.

The campaign also offers people a way to create a tailored mind plan within their website allowing people to take an online quiz which creates a personalised plan. It aims to help keep people connected, maintain relationships with friends and family, and how to check on family and neighbours whilst socially distancing.

Whilst The Point and The Berry theatres remain closed to the public the team have found a way around the social distancing measures by developing Connection Point, an online space aimed at keeping people connected to the creative arts during this time. Connection Point has brought together some brilliant programmes aimed at the younger members of the community with the Arts Award Discover at Home programme, the Wonderful Window Dressing challenge and storytelling sessions with Bearface Theatre.

Hampshire libraries have free access to a huge range of different resources online, including ebooks, magazines and newspapers to help keep the mind active.

Keeping fit and active is also key to maintaining good mental and physical health, the Council have shared a range of links to fitness including online yoga courses, short home workouts and for more variety Sport England have launched a new campaign #StayInWorkOut which brings together all the free online apps, channels and resources to allow people to find a suitable workout for them.

The Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said:

‘The health and wellbeing of our residents during these unprecedented times is very important. The team have pulled together some brilliant resources to help reduce the impact of our residents mental and physical health during this challenging time.’

The Health and Wellbeing team have put together key resources and activities to help residents maintain mental and physical wellbeing which are available on the website.