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Taking care of our wellbeing

Information and advice to help you take care of your physical and mental wellbeing, where to get financial help and a list of useful contacts including:

Keep physically active and healthy

Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. 

Try to: 

  • eat healthy, well-balanced meals
  • drink enough water
  • exercise
  • get outside at least once a day

Renfrewshire Leisure has lots of resources online to help keep you fit and healthy. Visit the Renfrewshire Leisure website for ideas and activities for wellbeing and fitness at home.

Look after your mental health and wellbeing

Looking after your mental wellbeing is as important as your physical wellbeing. 

With many of us working from home or delivering essential services on the front line, it's more important than ever that that we look after ourselves and each other, while we continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable.

Time for Talking employee counselling service and Occupational Health

Time for Talking is our employee counselling service. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with free, confidential support from professional counsellors. 

The counselling service is currently available by telephone or Skype. You can find out more about it on the Time for Talking website or call 0800 970 3980 for free support now.

You can call Occupational Health on 0141 212 6970 for any general enquiries including those related to covid-19, to find out what supports are available to help you at work and for referrals.

Resources and tips for mental health and wellbeing

Mind have resources on their website to help support your mental health, including free Wellbeing Action Plan templates with easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work or working from home.

We recommend everyone downloads the guide for employees and completes their own personal wellbeing action plan.

There is also a guide for line managers to help you encourage your staff to complete their wellbeing action plans and support them with their ongoing wellbeing needs.

You can find information and support about coronavirus and your mental health on the Mind charity website.

These tips below may work for different people at different times, so only try what you feel comfortable with and try not to put too much pressure on yourself.

If you can, try to relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side to express your feelings. Try some tips and exercises for relaxation and mindfulness on the Mind website.

Keep your mind stimulated:

  • read, listen to podcasts, watch films or do puzzles
  • try an online course such as FutureLearn and OpenLearn
  • download an app to learn something new, such as a foreign language

Adapt your routine:

  • try out a new routine to give you a sense of change, such as cooking some new winter recipes, or learning a new skill
  • if you're working from home, you may find it helpful to read tips from Mind staff on home working.
  • if you're a key worker, we also have some advice and information to help you cope

If you're feeling low or anxious, it may help to talk to someone you trust. You can keep in touch with people digitally by:

It can help to limit how much news and social media you consume during the day. If the news starts to cause you stress and anxiety, you should take a break from it 

Stay up to date about coronavirus by getting your information from reputable sources including:

You can also read staff updates on our Renfrewshire Council Facebook page, at @RenCouncil on Twitter and our staff section about coronavirus.

Council staff with caring responsibilities

If you work at the council and you also are an unpaid carer for someone, there is lots of support available for you at work and from local and national organisations.

Other organisations and help

Other organisations that can help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing:

  • Clear Your Head website from Scottish Government has practical tips on wellbeing and an extensive list of contacts
  • Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
  • NHS 24 Mental Health Hub on 111 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
  • Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 (Weekdays: Monday - Thursday 6pm to 2am / Weekend: Friday 6pm - Monday 6am)
  • Samaritans on 116 123 or email 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • SAMH - for Scotland's mental health on 0344 800 0550 (Open 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday) 

Financial wellbeing

Your financial wellbeing is important, as well as your physical and mental wellbeing.

Money worries can have a real impact on people's lives and a detrimental effect on your mental health and wellbeing. 

Our Advice Works service and Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau can help you if:

  • you or a member of your family is in receipt of benefits, such as child benefit, universal credit or tax credits
  • you are entitled to benefits but don't know how to go about claiming

Money Advice Scotland also offers free and impartial money advice on:

  • how to improve your finances 
  • tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead 
  • support over the phone and online

Look for the iLearn module on financial wellbeing to learn about:

  • how to create an effective budget
  • the importance of picking the right bank account for your financial needs
  • how you can save money by cutting costs and shopping smarter

See our financial support during coronavirus page for more help.

Who to contact about coronavirus (COVID-19) emergencies:

View the guidance on what to do if you or a close contact develops symptoms of COVID-19.

If you're a manager, contact the Human Resources coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline immediately if someone in your team tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

See a list of emergency contacts for emergency council services, national emergency contacts and mental health emergencies.

If you need essential assistance, such as collecting food and medicine and you may be at increased risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), call our Renfrewshire Council COVID-19 Response Team on 0300 300 0230. There are also other local community groups that can help during coronavirus.

The latest service information and guidance is also available our recorded phone line at 0300 300 0333.