World Wellbeing Week June 2020: Guest Feature: W.E.L.L.Being

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Please see: World Wellbeing Week: June 2020: Guest Feature W.E.L.L.Being which covers:

  1. Introduction/Our Story
  2. Illustrative Examples: Wellbeing Week
  3. World Wellbeing Week
  4. Bereavement, Coronavirus and Wellbeing including illustrative examples
  5. Guest Feature: W.E.L.L.Being
  6. National Windrush Day, Our Final Thoughts, Our YouTube Video

1. Introduction/Our Story

We found out about this awareness week by chance and felt we could not let the opportunity pass without highlighting it and giving it recognition.

We are also incredibly pleased to announce our Sixth Guest Feature: W.E.L.L.being. Item number 5 Guest Feature W.E.L.L.Being. W.E.L.L.Being are very good friends of ours, who through a joint passion in the community and the correlation between health and wellbeing, organised an extremely successful event called: Peckham’s First Wellbeing Weekender which took place in November 2019. The story behind their formation is explained in the topic as well as their social media details where they share useful and beneficial wellbeing information.

Health and Wellbeing is so important, even more so in the times that we are living within and dealing with. As a nation, and worldwide we are experiencing so much change, and uncertainty. These things can cause an imbalance which has an effect on our overall Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Examples at this moment in time, the COVID-19 Pandemic, the tragic incident with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery (This is sadly only naming a small few).

These are two matters that have changed the world.  These matters are highly stressful.

Life has good times and bad times, ups and downs, unknowns, tragedies, bereavement, grief. One of the important things that matters the most is the way in which we deal with such matters. When you are heavily involved in something that takes up the majority of your time it can be very easy to focus on everything else except yourself.

My sister and I are very much guilty of doing this. Throughout the past four years since our Dad was hospitalised, we are thrown into each new thing that needs to be dealt with, and that becomes our main focus. Probate is a good example of this, never did we know or expect it would be such a lengthy process. Mentally and physically, challenging, exhausting, frustrating, soul destroying are just a few words to explain how this process makes us feel still up until this very day. (We also have a topic on Probate).

Thankfully through perseverance and endurance, we got through the most of it.

During some of this time both my sister and I were in therapy. Also, our Dad’s garden became a form of therapy for us without us realising or knowing.

If we had a bad day and had to go to the house, we would go to the garden, visualise the new growth, and it would make us feel overjoyed. Working on the garden helped us to feel a connection to our Dad, especially when the boys (his grandchildren) got involved. It also made us feel our Dad would be proud to know we were doing our best to keep the fruits of his labour going.

It is National Windrush Day today, because of this we have put some information in Item Number 6: National Windrush Day, Our Final Thoughts, Our YouTube Video

We hope this topic might be of use to someone.

Please see: World Wellbeing Week: June 2020: Guest Feature Wellbeing

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2. Illustrative Examples: Wellbeing Week

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3. World Wellbeing Week

3.1 World Wellbeing Week: June 2020 – National Awareness Days

“World Wellbeing Week 2020. Now in its second year, World WellBeing Week provides the opportunity for participants worldwide to promote an overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing”.

3.2 Wellbeing Week | Mental Health Foundation

Wellbeing Week is a new fundraising initiative for schools to provide young people with the tools and knowledge to help manage their mental health”.

3.3 How can we improve wellbeing?

15 Tips to Boost Your Well-Being and Happiness

  1. “Accept your emotions”.
  2. “Take daily risks”.
  3. “Live in the present”.
  4. “Be introspective”.
  5. “Laugh”.
  6. “Determine and live your personal values”.
  7. “Identify and use your individual strengths”.
  8. “Keep tabs on your thoughts”.

3.4 What is poor Wellbeing?

“The effects of poor mental wellbeing can be different for every individual. It can not only affect psychological health but can also have a detrimental impact on physical health. For example depression has been linked to 67% increased risk of death from heart disease and 50% increased risk of death from cancer”.

3.5 Why is Wellbeing so important?

Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. Past experiences, attitudes and outlook can all impact wellbeing as can physical or emotional trauma following specific incidents”.

3.6 What does wellbeing include?

“Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress”. (6 Jan 2019)

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4. Bereavement, Coronavirus and Wellbeing including illustrative examples

4.1 Illustrative Examples

4.2 COVID-19 – Welcome to the National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub

Welcome to the National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub. We are in unprecedented times and as a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases and …”.

4.3 Coping with bereavement and Coronavirus | Age UK

10 Jun 2020 – Can I visit someone who is dying? Losing a loved one to coronavirus; Dealing with grief during the pandemic; Grieving in isolation; Bereavement “.

4.4 Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Background. This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak”.

4.5 Science-based wellbeing tips to help you through the coronavirus pandemic |ITV News

ITV News

“ITV News asked Dr Laurie Santos, the psychologist behind the Happiness Lab podcast, to share her top tips on wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic”.

“Read more”: https://www.itv.com/news/2020-04-10/s…

“Follow ITV News on Facebook”: https://www.facebook.com/itvnews/

“Follow ITV News on Twitter”: https://twitter.com/itvnews

“Follow ITV News on Instagram”: https://www.instagram.com/itvnews/

4.6 Coronavirus mental health information hub |SAMH

Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about how coronavirus could affect … There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time”.

4.7 ‘How I maintain my mental wellbeing in lockdown’ – BBC Bitesize

“The coronavirus pandemic is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone. We can no longer take for granted some of the things we used to do to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, like meeting a group of friends or going to the cinema to shake off the blues”.

4.8 Lockdown wellbeing: 7 ways to stay happy and calm at home – BBC Tiny Happy People

tiny happy peopleLockdown wellbeing: 7 ways to stay happy and calm at home … At a time we all feel slightly powerless, focus on the things you can take” …

4.9 5 tips for supporting employee wellbeing during lockdown | IOSH Magazine

5 tips for supporting employee wellbeing during lockdown. 17th April 2020. Worker wellbeing during lockdown. iStock. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s” …

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5. Guest Feature: W.E.L.L.Being

Meet the team:

Biography

Self-declared Peckhamites – Daniel and Shelene collectively have 55 years of Peckham running through their veins and wanted to do something that would contribute positively to their home area. Because of their mutual desire to give back something to their community and being aware that many decisions affecting the community were being taken without inclusion of BAME local businesses and individuals, they decided to collaborate when the opportunity arose under the Southwark #PeckhamIsOpen initiative.

Between the both of them, they have had experience of working collaboratively with an array of other organisations including African Market Ltd, Pempeople, 4ward&Up, On Peckham Square, and Peckham Park Baptist Church making them well versed in the requirements needed to put on events, workshops and the associated responsibilities. Not sure if in here should have something

Daniel’s forte is Graphic Design, videography and photography. He formed his business Designing a Perfect Solution (DAPS) in 1999 and is a listed member of the Creative Southwark network. Since then he has also managed and promoted his own events in the Peckham area which included, a Film, Poetry & Live Showcase, Creative Development Skills Ltd, who he collaborated with to run the project at PPRBC, two African Arts & Crafts Markets at Peckham Square and Choumert Rd car park and a monthly arts and crafts market and showcase that used to take place at Pennack Hall, SE15.

Shelene’s strongest experience is in accountancy as this is where the bulk of her career has been and qualified with ACCA in 2012. However, she has always had a concealed creative flair which she allowed herself to explore in 2018 when she successfully launched her own cocktail brand Tropics cocktails, upcycled two pieces of furniture and then collaborated with Nicholas Okwulu of Pempeople to produce an event called On Peckham Square. This event provided a platform to local rising talented artists such as Elheist, Just Kemi and Fred Lessore to perform live and for local businesses to sell their products on Peckham Square. This sparked my desire to want to continue to do something like this in the future as I could see the benefit to the community.

The inspiration to pull off Peckham’s first well-being weekender was due to our shared appreciation that your quality of life is affected by your health.  Sharing a common ideal that prevention is better than cure we wanted to do an event that was close to our hearts and bring awareness of better management of good health.

Our mission is to bring awareness to the local community about how to improve their well-being from a proactive perspective so, under the name W.E.L.L.Being (an acronym for Wholistically Enriching Local Lives), we teamed up as a combined force to pull of Peckham’s first well-being weekender.

Our event was held in November 2019 and was a huge success and centred on personal and community well-being in regard to the mind, body and spirit.  We provided an interactive platform featuring a variety of talks, workshops and demonstrations covering topics such as mental and financial well-being; alternative diets and exercise; holistic therapies that include music, dance and art therapy and all for free.

With the post-event success, we were motivated to carry on spreading our message and the next event was scheduled for August 2020. However, with the impact of the unforeseen pandemic, we are currently in the process seeing how an adapted version of our event can still take place. This will mean going back to the drawing board so watch this space for what’s to come next.

Our social media handle is wellbeingse15 for platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where we post wellness-related content.

Contact Information

W.E.L.L.being W.E.L.L. is an acronym for Wholistically Enriching Local Lives

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6. Windrush Day 2020, Our Final Thoughts and Our YouTube Video

It is National Windrush Day today, in honour of this day we have put together some information below:

Windrush Day 22nd June 2020

“Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. Windrush Day is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, it is an observed day. It was instituted following a successful campaign led by Patrick Vernon”.

What is Windrush Day and who are the Windrush generation

“Today, Monday 22 June, marks the second-ever Windrush Day, a day which commemorates the Windrush Generation and their legacy”.

Windrush Day: A generations’s continued fight for justice

“Monday 22 June marks the third Windrush Day, the 72nd anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks in Essex carrying the” …

Windrush Day 2020: Ways to celebrate at home – Voice Online

“WHILE THIS year celebrations will be mostly digital due to social distancing measures, there is still plenty going” …

How you can celebrate Windrush Day 2020: Poetry, Film screenings and lectures happening online

Windrush Day 2020 falls on June 22 and is a day to honour the British Caribbean community, and the half a” …

Our Final Thoughts

Times change, people change, and right now the World we once new is an even more ever changing place and environment. Things that were once “normal” are no longer.

We have been almost forced into new realities in so many different ways. We are definitely in uncertain, overwhelming and trying times. However, at the same time there is hope in the way in which:

  • Worldwide solidarity is being shown

Technology – Thanks to technology we are able to:

  • Keep in touch with loved ones
  • Work from home if possible
  • Carry out tasks that once were done physically
  • And many more activities that have been reduced due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

There has been a shift and move in the way we do things which means it is still possible to workout through virtual classes

  • Have online interviews
  • Attend church services/ etc online

These things can still be scary as we seem to be entering a more cyber world, but again one big positive is that it has brought more people together that might not have been before.

In this “new normal” in the midst of everything that is going on, we should try our best to take a step back to acknowledge and be aware of how we are feeling both mentally and physically, and if we are at a point of feeling overwhelmed, listen to our body and try do something about it.

Taking time out for yourself once in a while is extremely benefical and also very much needed. We must try our best to keep a check on our physical and mental wellbeing as much as possible.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our condolonces to anyone who has lost someone during this time, whether this be due to coronavirus or a different matter.

Our YouTube video:

We would like to wish anyone reading this a blessed day, week and weekend.

Thank you,

Grief Probate Journey

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