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Health & Wellbeing
During these difficult times it is important that we endeavour to do all that we can to maintain our health and wellbeing. In addition to the important things that we must do there are many things that we can do to help ourselves stay well.
The Healthy Somerset website has good information on staying healthy, happy and safe during the pandemic. To view information click here
Below you will find further useful information, guidance and links.
Care of mind and body
Research shows that our minds and bodies are very much interconnected and looking after both is key to our health and wellbeing.
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.
Maintaining a healthy diet
Keeping fit and active
If you have access to open spaces taking a short walk can be good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
See government guidance on accessing green spaces - click here
Online activities to keep fit and active
For those not fortunate to have an outside space or unable to go outside there are a variety of online accessible activities to choose from.
Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) have collated a range of online activities from across the county. These activities are fully inclusive and divided into various sections to suit all demographics and choices around activity.
Find online activities - click here
Information for older people about staying fit and well
For useful information about how to stay well - click here
For useful resources about staying fit and active, including video activities and exercise - click here
Ordering repeat prescriptions
You can order repeat prescriptions online, without needing to go to a GP surgery or pharmacy. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered to your home, rather than needing to collect it.
You can order repeat prescriptions using:
• The NHS App.
• GP online services.
• other online pharmacies
To see the NHS guidance on "Health at Home", which includes advice about ordering prescriptions click here
Emergency dental appointments
If you think you need urgent dental treatment:
• call your dentist
• use the NHS 111 online service
They can give you advice, help you contact an urgent dental service or arrange treatment if needed.
To find an NHS dental practice click - here
If you feel it would help to talk to someone please call MINDLINE:
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 11.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8.00pm - 11.00pm
01823 276 892
For more information about MIND Somerset - click here
Information for older people about mental health matters
For useful information about mental health matters - click here
During difficult times even people who generally sleep well may struggle to obtain a good nights sleep.
Research tells us that healthy sleep is important for immune function and well-being. Sleep is restorative.
For useful information and tips about sleep click on the following links:
10 Tips to beet insomnia (NHS guidance) - click here
How to sleep better (The Mental Health Foundation) - click here
How to cope with sleep problems (MIND) - click
Stress, anxiety and depression can all have an impact on the quality of our sleep. Practising mindfulness before you go to bed can help with sleep. To find NHS guidelines on mindfulness - click here
"Why we sleep" by Mathew Walker
Further information for everyone
For more information about mental and emotional health help and support in Somerset - click here
For information from Public Health Somerset about how to stay healthy, happy and safe at home - click here
A new practical resource "Every Mind Matters" has been created to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health - click here
Things that can help
Find out about fun and inspirational ways to learn or practice a creative hobby - click here
Stay in touch with others
Relax your mind and body - try a simple breathing exercise from Julie - click here
Listen to your favourite music
Take a moment to notice your surroundings.
To find useful information and resources from "Headspace" out about how guided meditation might be able to help you - click here
Find out more about Mindfulness - click here
Notice what you notice
Try out the happiness calendar - for direct link to calendar click - here
Find out more about Action for Happiness - click here
Somerset County Council has commissioned two leading charities to provide bereavement support for people in Somerset in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out more about these services click - here
For the latest national and local advice and information - click here