What's on at home - 18th May

Week 5 - 18th May 2020

To help support the residents of the Wigan Borough with staying at home, we have put together our top five activities to do each week to make the most of your time and most importantly to have fun while staying safe at home.

You can follow updates of our What’s on at Home guide through our Facebook and Twitter page, just look out for the hashtag #whatsonathome.

Mental Health and Wellbeing week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we have chosen our top 5 picks to help support you with keeping a positive mindset and looking after your wellbeing.

Monday - Stay active, creative and healthy with the Home Health hub

Fitness and workouts

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles new Home Health Hub (external link), offers residents support with managing their health and wellbeing, and best of all it’s free! The website gives you access to exercises and workouts, with different intensity levels to suit people at different stages of their exercising journey. There are also fun games and challenges for different ages, podcast with sporting heroes and support for food and weight management. Keeping a balanced lifestyle is not only a benefit for your health, but can help with keeping a positive mindset during and after lockdown.

Tuesday - Keep in contact with family and friends

Computer and desk

During Covid-19 restrictions, people may have sometimes struggled with having to stay home away from loved ones, but we have been so proud and inspired by so many of our residents sticking to the guidelines to help protect our communities. However, it is so important to keep connected with family and friends, even if you can’t see them in person at the moment. There are lots of ways to communicate with family such as video chats, over the phone and through message sharing apps. Take the time this week to plan in a catch up with someone who will bring you some positivity and a few laughs. It’s also a great opportunity to check in on those who may be having a hard time to boost their morale. Whether you’re just having a catch up or you plan a quiz, keeping these close links is beneficial to your wellbeing.

Wednesday - 7-day kindness challenge

Shopping bags

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is kindness, and over the last few weeks we have seen so many acts of kindness within our community, it really has shown how we have all pulled together to support one another. This week we launched our 7 day of kindness challenge, with an activity each day to be kind to yourself and others. This could be anything from sending a gift to someone in isolation or donating to the food bank at your local supermarket. We are looking to spread this positivity across our channels, so if you would like to share your act of kindness, please email your images to ourtown@wigan.gov.uk.

Thursday - Seek further support and advice

Communicating via tablet

Not everyone is in a happy place, especially during the current situation. You may feel it’s more difficult to get the support and advice you need, however, there’s lots of help and support available out there. To help support you, we have put together links to helpful resources, important helplines and contacts, and useful guides to help you through the difficult time you may be facing. No matter your situation, you can find out what sort of help is available to you on our Be Kind pages.

Friday - Boost your wellbeing online with Living Life to the Full

Reading book

GM Health Hub have put together Living Life to the Full (external link), which is a free online resource for improving feelings, beating stress and boosting ability to live well. Developed by award winning expert Dr Chris Williams, Greater Manchester residents can register their details, and based on your preferences, you will get access to courses, videos, eBooks and worksheets to help support you in improving your mindset. On the main dashboard you can input your mood and look through all the resources to see what you think would be beneficial to you.

Looking for activities to do on the weekend? Check out our What’s on at Home Weekend Guide for more ideas of how to have fun while staying safe at home.

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