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Tuesday 23 August 2022

CAREbank News September 2022



Want to get to sleep and sleep better?
Sleep problems usually sort themselves out within about a month. But longer stretches of bad sleep can start to affect our lives. It can cause extreme tiredness and make usually manageable tasks harder.

It can help to keep to regular sleep hours, create a dark, cool and quiet environment, exercise earlier in the day, take a break if you can’t sleep and do another relaxing activity, make a note of any worries, and cut down on stimulants like coffee, and screen time near bedtime.  

For more help see: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/sleep/

Hertfordshire’s Let’s Just Talk About Sleep campaign for young people and families, highlights the importance of sleep and shares advice on how to get the right amount. 

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Women’s Health
Women live on average longer than men but spend more of their life in poor health, often limiting their ability to work and participate in day-to-day activities.  We need to make it as easy as possible for women to access services they need, to keep girls in school and women in the workplace, ensuring every woman has the opportunity to live her life to her fullest potential. The Women's Health Strategy aims to tackle deep-rooted, systemic issues within the health and care system to improve the health and wellbeing of women, and reset how the health and care system listens to women. 

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Drinking more lately?
Check how healthy your drinking is with this quick quiz at: https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/interactive-tools/check-your-drinking 

If you need free, confidential support contact Spectrum at: https://www.changegrowlive.org/spectrum-hertfordshire-drug-alcohol-services/alcohol-telecoms

Here are some tips to make it easier to cut down:

▪ Book 3-4 drink free days each week into your diary
▪ Don’t drink before dinner
▪ Try some of the great no or low alcohol drinks now available, or create your own mocktails
▪ Reduce stress in other ways, an activity or meditation 
▪ Smaller glasses – yes, it does work
▪ Purchase a limited amount instead of bulk buying. 

Protect your money from fraudsters
Get Safe Online have produced a website checker. Simply type or paste in the website address and click “Check this site”. You can also find out how to stay safe when using internet and mobile banking too.


Other help to manage the cost of living is available from, Herts County Council at: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/help-to-manage-the-cost-of-living

The healing power of plants
A study by sciencedirect.com reported a wide range of health outcomes from gardening, for example reductions in depression, anxiety, and body mass index, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life, and sense of community. Even indoor plants can improve mental and physical health providing emotional benefits. Some plants can remove pollutants from a room.  

Find out how to care for indoor plants with these videos at:

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Saturday 2 July 2022


 It's Never Too Late To Be Active

There is still time to sign up for your free 10 day pass at your local leisure centre till end of July as just 20 mins of physical activity a day provides enormous benefits to our physical and mental health, both now and in the future. So, give it a go, sign up and keep your body strong, your mind sharp and spark the energy you need to keep doing the things you love.  Call 01992 555627


Act – Belong – Commit for good mental health

Just as with physical health, there are simple and practical ways that can help everyone to enjoy good mental health. It’s estimated that 50% of people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. A simple model that can be adopted by anyone known as 

“Act-Belong-Commit”, promotes keeping active, building stronger relationships with friends, family and community groups, and committing to hobbies, challenges and meaningful causes. Together it’s a simple “do-it-yourself” approach to enhancing mental health.  Here's a mental health workout that's as simple as ABC: 



Sleep deprivation can have a serious impact on emotional, physical and mental health. Find more Information & Support at:


Their Sleep Hub lots of information to help including foods to aid sleep and what to avoid Foods that help you sleep. 



Try these self-help tips from the NHS to restore your energy levels.


Every Mind Matters gives advice on how to get a good night’s sleep



We all need a little support from time to time. Advice and practical help to manage finances and make savings while also helping the environment are available from the Hertfordshire County Council website at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk and free debt advice is available from Step Change at: www.stepchange.org

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Saturday 21 May 2022

It's never too late to be active


Join this new Herts campaign to get more active if you are over 55 and receive a 10 day free pass to your local leisure centre between now to end of July. Check out the website below.


Find what’s right for you – enjoy a swim in the pool, try a class suited to your ability or explore the gym.  Make a plan to help you stay on track with a free planner to get you started which you can download at:


Call 01992 555627 or email: nevertoolate@hertfordshire.gov.uk  


Friday 20 May 2022



There is now a very well established Bishops Stortford Ukrainian Guests Support group, with over 300 members helping to join dots on a full range of support for those who are being hosted with families in our locality. 

If you feel you want to help out in any capacity, get involved by emailing mione.goldspink@eastherts.gov.uk to join this Facebook group 

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Tuesday 3 May 2022


Help someone who is feeling lonely
Loneliness is something that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. There are plenty of simple actions you can take to help lift someone out of loneliness and in doing so, it might help you to feel less lonely too.

New ‘live safely with Covid’ campaign

• be kind – respect people wearing masks or keeping their distance
• be informed – know your level of risk and get good, trusted advice on managing it
• be vaccinated or boosted – ensure you are vaccinated when invited

• be safe – manage your risk when socially mixing (hands, face, space, fresh air)
• be prepared – if you get Covid, stay at home and get early treatment,
• be supported – Herts Help offer support on 0300 123 4044

Develop your strength and fitness
We should do muscle strengthening exercises twice a week. Carrying food shopping in from the car or walking uphill may help  build strength.
Plyometric training involves jumping and skipping and improves strength, muscle size & speed, and coordination.

Monday 2 May 2022