Improving your wellbeing can be beneficial to your recovery. It can be as simple as eating well, or getting the tips and tools to help you relax and sleep better.
How can I improve my wellbeing?
Health and wellbeing is not about being supremely fit, but is about staying active and adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours. There are many complementary therapies and activities to improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing, such as yoga and relaxation, nutrition, weight management, and sleep hygiene.
Where can I do these things?
There are a number of therapies and activities at Help for Heroes recovery centres, but we can do so much for ourselves in the comfort of our own homes.
If you’re running low, Help for Heroes can help you get the tools you need to manage your own wellbeing, and to be your best.
Yoga in its simplest terms means ‘union’ or ‘to join’ – and aims to bring the whole body and mind into balance. Yoga should be for anybody and everybody – and can be adapted to suit accordingly.
Today’s yoga teachers range from the skinniest ultra-runner to the bulkiest weightlifter. It can assist other training, or can be practiced on its own.
Did you know that yoga can help you sleep better, give you an energy boost and stop cravings? It’s not just about flexibility and stretching! It also improves both physical fitness and mental wellbeing.
Give it a try with the first in a new series of yoga videos featuring some of our Help for Heroes beneficiaries.
Debbie cares for her husband Ken after he was medically discharged from the RAF with a spinal injury and PTSD.
She joined other loved ones of our wounded, injured and sick to take some time for themselves and make their own hanging baskets.
“I was a mum, a wife, a carer - but the trek changed me. I’m reminded often of the importance of the work that Help for Heroes continues to do and how important these opportunities are to the health and wellbeing of its beneficiaries.”
Help for Heroes beneficiary Laura Dunning first got involved with the charity in late 2009, shortly after getting together with her partner Pete, a former Royal Marine and member of the Band of Brothers fellowship.
In February 2017, Laura took part in the Help for Heroes trek to Burma, alongside other beneficiaries, supporters and fundraisers.
“The woman that left for Burma was not the woman that returned. The person I was before was a mum, a wife, a carer. But the trek changed me. I loved being removed from the control of day to day living, and wanted to make my family proud.
“I had nowhere else to be, nothing to worry me, nobody needed me and I was completely at peace. Being able to offload in confidence gave me the strength to just shed some of the stress and anxiety of life.”
Use the tabs below for tips and advice to help you look after your wellbeing and be your best
Did you know that traditional beliefs suggest that yoga can give us more energy, stop cravings and even fight illness? It has some surprising benefits, and can be adapted to suit everyone.
If you’re worried about not being flexible enough, you don’t need to be. Some of the postures can seem complicated or scary, but every move can be modified or simplified.
Sleep is essential for good health and wellbeing.
On average, a person needs 8 hours sleep a night in order to function well during the day – but for some people this could be as little as 5 hours or as much as 10 hours.
If you don’t sleep properly, the following can happen:
Without eating well, how can we get the energy we need?
It’s not about blitzing up lettuce leaves or trying fad diets, just making better choices. What we eat can improve our energy levels, our mood, how well we sleep – everything.
We get fed so much information - good and bad - and if you are trying your best to stay healthy and manage your weight then it is often very difficult to know where to start.
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