Wellbeing help and advice

The winter months can be a hard time of year for many of us, with shorter days reducing our sunlight hours and poor weather keeping us indoors more. As we continue to combat Covid-19, this winter is likely to be even harder in many respects. And with the festive season knocking at our door, it’s more important than ever to focus on boosting your physical, mental and financial fitness

See the links on the right-hand side to access the resources. 

Medigold webinar 9th December, 2pm – 3pm “Keep fighting fit this winter 

Join a webinar hosted by our health provider Medigold to hear hints and tips on how to stay well this winter. If you can’t make this time, a recording will be added to these web pages afterwards. 

Click here to join the webinar. 

Meeting ID: 972 6780 6295 

Passcode: 644640 

Useful links to resources

It’s ok to not be ok 

The ever-changing world we're living in is creating challenges for our mental health and we’re all different in how we cope with stress and anxiety. Now more than ever, we need to look after each other and take time to think about our own wellbeing and that of those around us.

Asking for help when you need it could really help you manage your mental health, so please don't be afraid to do this. Our enhanced Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available to all Amey employees and their immediate family. It’s confidential, free, and independent from Amey and available 365 days a year, 24/7: click here for details. 

Wellbeing Network

215 Wellbeing Ambassadors and 120 Mental Health First Aiders make up our network of people who promote and support the safety and wellbeing of all employees. They're helping to change the way we think about and act on wellbeing in the workplace. They're personable and empathetic so please contact your local Wellbeing Ambassador for a chat, to ask for support or share ideas. Click here for a full list of our ambassadors. 

The five ways to wellbeing

We all cope differently with managing our mental health yet following the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ can help us to stay fit and well. Take time out our your day to look after your mental health and that of those around you.

Take Notice 

Taking notice is about being aware of your feelings and the spaces you occupy. Taking time to reflect helps you to appreciate what you have and what matters to yousavour the little things – memories, acts of kindnessTaking notice of how other people are behaving and asking how others are feeling can result in offering support to someone who might need it. 

Give Back  

Giving back is a simple act of kindness that can make us and others feel supported. It doesn’t have to be much, but reaching out to support a family member, friend or colleague, a charity or community group can make a huge difference.  

Be Active  

Physical exercise is proven to have huge positive impacts on our mental wellbeing. Anything as little as jogging on the spot or a quick walk around the block, to running 5km – it is crucial we stay fit and well to maintain a positive mental wellbeing.  

Stay Connected 

In the current climate, where many of us are self-isolating, working from home and unable to see loved ones, it is more important than ever to stay connected. And with today's technology, it is perhaps easier than ever to do so and it's super important to keep us feeling positive.  

Learn Something  

It is never too late to learn something new. And there is a whole host of benefits that come with it – not just new skills, but a sense of reward and accomplishment that helps maintain a positive mental health.  

Click on the tabs below to find resources and activities related to each of the 5 areas of our wellbeing framework.

                 

Physical
Emotional and Mental Health
Financial Wellbeing
Role and Development
Community
Wellbeing Wednesday
reset

How EAP can help

Sometimes just talking to someone can help. The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you with personal and professional problems, which could be affecting your home or work life, health and general wellbeing. Topics include:

  • Physical and Emotional Health
  • Family and Relationships
  • Legal and financial
  • Work Life

How do I access the service?

There are three easy ways to use the EAP service:

  1. On the 24-hour helpline, 7 days a week, 0800 130 3414. If you’re outside of the UK, you can still reach them on +44 (0) 1482 639 981. And if you need to use a Minicom, you can call 01482 661 911 (8.30am – 6.00pm)
  1. Online Wellbeing portal at healthassuredeap.com. Just log in with the username eap and password ameywellbeing
  1. By downloading the Health Assured Health e-HUB mobile app from the App Store or your Android device. You can then log in with the username eap and password ameywellbeing

This scheme can help you save money in hundreds of ways.  It only takes a minute to register via this link.  In addition you can also access their Wellbeing Centre via the website too.

It's important to recognise symptoms early. The resources below, provided by our Occupational Health partner Medigold Health, contain information about signs and symptoms, and the support you can get from external bodies and your GP if you need them. If someone is ill, concerned by any symptoms or needs medical advice, they should contact their GP. 

Breast Awareness

Cervical Cancer

Male Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Common Health Questions https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/mens-health/

Stay connected during COVID - take a look at the Modern Workplace Portal on tips on how to use Teams

https://ameygroup.sharepoint.com/sites/AmeyMLP

At Amey, we have a great deal of exciting learning opportunities on our Education HUB to help inspire and educate young people.

https://www.amey.co.uk/education 

Host a Teams meeting. Draw a large bucket. Ask colleagues to share what stresses them out and write them on the bucket. Discuss how they deal with their stress and stick or write these words outside and around the bucket

Stress Bucket

This is a year-round employee benefit which provides a discount and a way to spread out the cost of a bike of your choice. Now is a better time than ever to get into cycling and can greatly improve your physical and mental wellbeing. For more information on the scheme click here

https://www.amey.co.uk/employeebenefits/cycle-to-work/

lots of ideas of how to be kind to yourself and one another

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars

Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. The Science of Well Being on Coursera is a great free option to increase your happiness and build productive habits.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

 

The L&D Team have created some bite-size information:
Resilience in the time of Covid-19
Wellbeing
How to learn well
Supporting people through change
Working from home
Dealing with emotions
Dealing with ambiguity

http://ameyworld.ameygroup.int/enabling-functions/human-resources/career-development-training/online-learning/lets-talk/supporting-you-during-the-coronavirus/

Zero Code is our simple framework to highlight the key actions we must all take to protect ourselves and others from harm. These factsheets have information and guidance on how to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Stress Factsheet

Managers H&W Factsheet

Health & Wellbeing Factsheet

Depression Factsheet

Anxiety Factsheet

Keeping your mind active will help your overall mental health. There are some great apps available for brain training, allowing you to focus for 10-15 minutes on logic, strategic thinking, speed / reaction mathematics, language / word puzzles. It’s a really nice escape.

https://www.websudoku.com/

https://www.braingle.com/

There are plenty of ways you can volunteer to offer help - click below for more information

https://www.amey.co.uk/coronavirus-community-support/

Eating well and eating certain foods is good for reducing stress and promoting wellbeing. It’s so easy to snack on biscuits in the office, let alone when you’re at home with your stock piled fridge. Try to stick to your usual eating. Also try and eat healthy- it’s important to keep your immune system on point. Stock up on fresh turmeric, ginger and garlic. And treat yourself to a fresh lemon and ginger tea.

Keeping a healthy immune system


Here are some great websites to get more ideas:

https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com 

https://deliciouslyella.com/recipes/  

https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-quick-dinner-recipes

https://recipesdestination.com/25-fantastic-healthy-smoothies-of-instagram-easy/

Keeping your immune system strong and healthy

Keeping your body healthy will help to keep your immune system strong, giving you a better chance of fighting off illnesses. Eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress will are all ways in which you can stay healthy. Please look at some ideas on how to boost your immune system on the quick links below.

Jamie Forsyth, Mental Health First Aider & Wellbeing Ambassador (and Operations Controller on our Staffordshire Highways Account) has created a number of videos to help.

 

 

Salary Finance

Our partner Salary Finance can support you to manage your money. They are an independent service offering financial support including;

  • Tips and information to help you learn better money habits
  • Simple savings accounts
  • Employee loans at affordable rates

To find out more visit www.amey.salaryfinance.com 

Salary Finance has created a 10 point checklist

to help you prepare your finances in this uncertain time and they’ve compiled a FAQ document following recent webinars they ran in response to the Coronavirus. In addition if you have a specific query you can email question@salaryfinance.com

There is a recorded Webinar available from Salary Finance to provide some hints and tips on managing your money during the Coronavirus pandemic - you can access this by clicking here

 

 

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