This week, from Monday June 14 to Sunday June 21, is Men’s Health Week, and this year’s theme covers better mental health in a COVID world.
Dragon Chat founder Steve Lloyd has shared the following, to highlight how we can assist ourselves as we slowly come out of the pandemic and adapt to our ‘new normal’. For more information, contact @Dragonchat3 on Twitter. Dragon Chat, our men’s mental health peer support group, takes place every Thursday at 7pm.
What are we able to do at this time to assist ourselves as we slowly come out of the pandemic and we adapt to a new normal?
The ‘CAN DO’ challenge incorporates the five ways to wellbeing, which Wrexham AFC have previously promoted during our mental health campaigns. The challenge is simple; men are being asked to undertake one of the challenges every day, where possible, or even try to complete all of them every day if you are able to.
The five ways are:
- Connect – connect with other people (e.g. call an old friend you haven’t since before lockdown)
- (Be) Active – move your body (e.g. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc)
- Notice – take notice of the environment around you (e.g. turn off your phone for an hour)
- Discover – learn something new (e.g. read a book you haven’t read before)
- Offer (or give) – do something for someone else (e.g. volunteer for a local community group)
Further information can be found about the five ways to wellbeing can be found via the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
If you are inspired to get involved in the challenge and are on Twitter, please take a picture and Tweet them, tagging @Dragonchat3 and let’s continue to support each other.
Having discussed this year’s theme being around mental health, this weekend’s events in Denmark highlights the importance of our physical health too. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Christian Eriksen, his family and his colleagues at this time.
Should anybody be concerned about their physical or mental health, please contact your GP to discuss your concerns, or contact the emergency services if there is an immediate crisis.