People in Bradford are being encouraged this summer to look after their mental wellbeing, as well as their physical wellbeing, by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s MyWellbeing College team.

The team, that provides one-to-one, group and online support to people experiencing low mood or stress, has put together some simple tips to help people make use of the warmer weather and lighter nights to improve their mood and wellbeing.

Mandy Stephenson, Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “Just as people are getting fit for summer and for their holidays, it’s important that they don’t forget about the mental wellbeing.

The summer is a great opportunity for people to get out and get active, which helps improve both physical and mental wellbeing.”

The team’s top tips for making sure you stay mentally well this summer are:

  • Getting out in the fresh air and having a walk; use the warmer weather to take a quick walk on your lunch break
  • Having a healthy diet; summer can be a great time to introduce fresh salads to your diet.
  • Drink plenty of water; especially in warmer weather.
  • Take the lighter nights as an opportunity to try a new sport or way to get active.
  • Enjoy the sunshine and practice mindfulness, which means simply being in the here and now. Take just a few minutes each day to do something like listening to the sound of nature. This will help you keep focus in the present.

For more wellbeing tips, view the team’s video at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or visit the knowledge bank section of the website for lots of free tips and links.

Sue, who has received support from MyWellbeing College for feelings of low mood and anxiety said: “As part of my therapy we added in some walking as it’s what I used to love to do, this has really helped me mentally and I have also lost weight which has reduced my blood sugar.”

MyWellbeing College is a free NHS service that is run in partnership by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and local voluntary and community organisations such as Bradford Counselling Services and the Cellar Trust. It offers learning and support for people that might be feeling low, unable to sleep, anxious or stressed through a range of courses, one-to-one support and links to websites and resources for help.

The MyWellbeing College is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven.

People don’t have to go through their GP to enrol on a course, they can register online at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or give the enrolment team a call on 0300 555 5551 to chat through the range of options available.