Small change – big difference!
Brighton and Hove City Council are running a 'One Small Change' campaign throughout January, with a particular focus on the small changes you can make and things you can do to help your mental and physical wellbeing. They say:
"New Year is traditionally a time for positive change, when we make our resolutions for the coming twelve months. But January can also be a difficult month, with short days, bad weather and a long, long wait until spring. This New Year, more than ever, we might feel particularly challenged because 2020 has been the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone’s lives have been impacted to one extent or another and continuing uncertainties about the future might make this January even tougher than usual.
With this in mind, Brighton & Hove Council is providing all its usual support, resources and encouragement for people in the city to improve their health and wellbeing, but with a special focus on looking after our mental health too. One in four of us will have a mental health problem in our lifetimes, so looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health.
The five ways to wellbeing are a practical means of taking care of our mental health and they align neatly with effective ways to improving our physical health too. By taking action to address our minds and bodies together, we adopt a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
When making changes, it can be important to commit to small, manageable steps to make success more likely. The council’s Healthy Lifestyles Team have produced a list of 31 small changes (one for every day of January) that you and your family can try for New Year 2021.
Any positive change, no matter how small, can bring benefits and can provide a foundation for you to build on with more ambitious goals when you are ready."