Top Tips for Physical and Mental Well-being for the whole family
Getting out of the house and into the fresh air is good for our well-being but emerging from lockdown has its own challenges for adults and children alike. Here are some things to remember:
- It is O.K. whether you’re young or old to feel nervous about going out and to have lost confidence in crossing roads or entering shops etc
- To cross roads safely we need two things – confidence built up by practice along with a brain capable of doing complicated subconscious calculations related to speed and distance. The brain is not fully developed in this area until about 9-10 years and as we go into old age our ability to process speed and distance slows down. So primary age children and older adults may need support to gain back confidence and they may need to practice road safety skills again.
- Wearing a face mask affects your peripheral vision and this in turn affects your balance – so be more careful when out and about, especially when approaching kerbs or uneven ground – hold on to handrails whenever you can; remembering to wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.
- If you have been self-isolating and doing little exercise at home your leg muscles will be weaker than normal and this affects your balance. Find someone to go with you on your first excursions and don’t be embarrassed to hold onto their arm or to use a walking aide. Gradually increase the length of your walk as your legs feel stronger.
Top tips by Sue Ayliff
Updated 9th July 2020