The Government Plan for Living with COVID-19: Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 highlights the important role that individual and community resilience will play in contributing to our ongoing response to COVID-19. This campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. It will provide guidelines, information, and tips on how we can make a plan to do things that are good for
us everyday. The campaign website will be hosted on gov.ie/healthyireland, and will signpost to information about resources and initiatives that will be available through the Local Authorities and other partners. You can find the link to Kildare County Councils Keep Well page here and you can also find more information on our blog page here.
Recent times have been unlike any other and this will be one of the most difficult winters that we’ve faced in a long time. We’re not going to attempt to dismiss that or force an outlook on people. But we want to be upbeat. We will acknowledge that ‘this’ isn’t normal before pointing to things we can all do ‘everyday’ to make it a bit easier. We will encourage people to make a weekly plan to do these things. Things like:
- Keeping active and being outdoors – even during the winter, it is important to help physical and mental health and wellbeing.
- Keeping in contact – staying connected with people and addressing isolation as person-to-person connection is important to our wellbeing.
- Switching off and being creative – switching off and being creative or learning something new, getting back to nature and finding ways to relax can help our general wellbeing.
- Eating well – by nourishing your body and mind we can positively impact our physical and mental wellbeing.
- Minding your mood – equipping people with information on where to go if they need support e.g. HSE’s Your Mental Health website.