Five steps to a healthy mind with TraffordCity

How many of us can say we haven't at one time or another felt stressed, overwhelmed or sad particularly now that we are living in such challenging times.

You may be worried about Covid-19, the lockdown restrictions and how it could affect your life and his may feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try to help your wellbeing. We know that living a healthy lifestyle with good diet and exercise is the key to a healthy body but what steps can we take to ensure we maintain a healthy mind?

The New Economics Foundation have researched and developed five key steps towards wellbeing and we've taken a look at each of these with tips on how you can achieve each one with the help of the TraffordCity family.

Connect

Evidence suggests that feeling close to and connecting with other people is a fundamental human need - and right now that can be challenging as we all try to keep ourselves and others safe. Guidance on how to safely spend time with others indoors or outside is changing frequently. Read the latest guidance here.

• Enjoy some exercise or a stroll with a member of your household or someone in your support bubble instead of going it alone. If your visiting TraffordCity for essential services, takeaway is available so treat yourselves and pick up a coffee or snack while you're there.

• If you can't meet up in person, think about anyone who would appreciate a chat. It doesn't have to be facetime or zoom, a simple phone call could mean the world to someone - and will cheer you up too!

Be active

Get off that couch! It doesn't matter whether you decide to go for it in a virtual class, or simply walk or cycle, regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

• Lace up your trainers and try the TRAFFORDCITY 3k or 5k running routes.

• Cycle or walk along the Bridgwater Way canal route.

Take notice

Something we might call 'mindfulness', taking the time to take notice of what's happening in the present moment can positively change the way you feel. Think about your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

• If you're visiting The Trafford Centre for essential services, take time to look at the design of the Centre, there are some amazing facts about its design and some one million year old fossils if you can find them!

• Take a woodland walk. Did you know that Wilderspool Woods is home to an array of wildlife, trees and flowers that visitors can enjoy anytime?

• Take a stroll along the canal on Bridgwater Way - it's just steps from The Trafford Centre via Barton Square.

Keep learning

Whether that's new skills or knowledge, being open to learning enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Give

Research shows that people who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Whether that's raising money for charity or simply helping a friend or relative, acts of kindness are proven to increase our wellbeing.

• Organise a fundraising activity - iFLY have special fundraising packages to help support your favourite charity.

• Support one of The Trafford Centre's charities. And look out for free fundraising events that happen throughout the year like The Trafford Centre's food for vulnerable children appeal.

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