Week 7 - Health & Wellbeing

Confident You Programme

Be cool and calm in your lifestyle

This week we are going to look into the key areas we all need to be attending to so that we look after our health and wellbeing as much as possible.

Skin health tips

From dull to glowing skin

  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Keep physically active
  • Keep hydrated
  • Don’t smoke
  • Wear sun protection
  • Get good sleep

To find out more about body odour try this quiz from the Rise Above website

For information on skin health see The Association of UK Dietitians Food Fact Sheet

Food/Mood

When we don’t consume enough foods rich in nutrients our body can become deficient in vitamins and minerals. This can have an effect on our brain, energy and mood function

For tips on food and mood have a look at this video.

Stress

Do you find that stress is affecting you physically, mentally and emotionally?

Don’t worry help is at hand and there are many ways to help you cope.

Give stress the boot with these tips:

-Move more

-Have a can-do attitude

-Connect with your friends and family

-Making time for yourself

-Try learning a new skill and challenge yourself

-Don’t look for solutions in alcohol, smoking or caffeine

-Be positive

The NHS link below has information on lots of helplines and there is also some great advice on looking after yourself on the Young Minds website.

NHS website – charity helplines

Young Minds – looking after yourself

Take a look at this video on mindfulness from Kelty Mental Health and give it a go yourself!

Eating disorders

An eating disorder occurs when we have an unhealthy attitude towards food, when it takes over our life and makes us unwell.

It can be when we eat too much or too little or when we are obsessed with our body shape and weight.

For help on this, contact BEAT on 0808 801 0677 if you are over 18, 0808 801 0711 if you are under 18.

For information on eating disorders see the Beat website

Body Image

Do you know what body image is?

Body image is the thoughts and feelings we have relating to ourselves, on how we see ourselves and we think how others see us.

If you are worried about the way you see yourself have a look at the following link from the Young Minds website:

Young Minds – body image

Remember everyone is different, take a look at this video to feel more confident about yourself

Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep?

There are many reasons that cause sleep difficulty including psychological, physical and lifestyle causes.

For tips to help you get sleeping check out the link below

NHS website – sleep tips for teenagers

Alcohol

The advice on alcohol for children and young people is not to consume it before the age of 18.

Drinking alcohol during teenage years is associated with a range of health and social problems.

However, if those under 18 do drink it shouldn’t be until they are 15 years old.

Alcohol consumption in young people can affect the development of organs and functions such as the liver, brain, bones and hormones.

Drinking before the age of 14 is linked with higher health risks such as alcohol related injuries and violent activities.

Beginning to drink at an early age is linked with risky behaviour, including taking drugs, pregnancy and employment issues.

For more information about alcohol see the link below:

NHS website – should my child drink alcohol?

Smoking

To see how much money, you can save by becoming smoke free try the cost calculator on the link below:

Stop smoking calculator

For information on stopping smoking see the following link:

NHS website – under 18s guide to quitting smoking

Smoking quiz

Test your knowledge about smoking with this true or false quiz.

1 / 5

When you start smoking at a young age the damage to your body is less when you get older.  Is this true or false?

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2 / 5

Smoking lowers your lung capacity. Is this true or false?

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3 / 5

If you smoke you are likely to have a more saggy face and wrinkles by the time you reach your mid 20’s. Is this True or False?

4 / 5

A person who started smoking at 15 is 3 times more likely to die from cancer than someone who began smoking in there mid 20's. Is this True or False?

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5 / 5

Smoking is attractive because people prefer kissing smokers. Is this True or False?

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