Improving your wellbeing as a carer

Improving your wellbeing as a carer

There are lots of ways to help improve your overall wellbeing as a carer.

Here we have compiled some local organisations and support groups that can help with your wellbeing, as well as some nationally available services, phone apps and useful websites.

Useful tips and website links to help with your overall wellbeing for people in Luton:

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A wellbeing support team here in Luton

Total Wellbeing Luton offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support. This includes support to: Stop smoking, manage your weight, be more active, manage an existing health condition and more.

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Self-help guides

There are a range of self-help guides produced by the NHS in Bedfordshire. They cover topics like depression, anxiety, controlling anger, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and many more.

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Online mental health support

NHS Choices have a useful page of links helping people to get online support for their mental health.

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The Gov.uk website recommends these websites:

Rise Above is a social marketing programme which aims to equip 11 to 16-year-olds with the skills they need to withstand social pressures and build their resilience.

One You is a nationwide programme that supports adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health, such as through eating well, moving more, drinking less and quitting smoking.

Every Mind Matters is a national campaign and digital platform which launched in October 2019 with the aim of equipping people to take simple, early steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

NHS.UK is the UK’s biggest health information service which provides advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

Equally Well UK is an initiative which seeks to promote – and support – collaborative action to improve physical health among people with a mental illness.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health, that is aimed at parents, carers and anyone who volunteers or works with young people.

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Fitness and Nutrition

Active Luton

Active Luton are providing a service on Facebook to keep people active, these include activities such as yoga, pilates and zumba.

Joe Wicks – The Body Coach

Joe Wicks is hosting a free workout on his YouTube Channel. Aimed at children these exercises can also be fun for the whole family who are now spending more time at home. It’s more important than ever that people keep moving and stay healthy and positive, Joe provides exercises to help people feel happier, more energised and optimistic. 

NHS – Exercise

The NHS has a section on their website dedicated to physical activity for adults. They suggest that any type of activity that you do is good for you and the more you do the better. 

NHS – Live well

The NHS gives advice an tips on health and wellbeing. This includes eating well,weight and exercise.

NHS – Exercise for the over 60’s

Aged 60+ and don’t want to miss out on exercise? Check out the NHS website. 

BBC – Health and fitness

BBC Sports has a list of useful resources in their ‘in the gym’ area with section including workouts, the mind gym and features that anyone can access from home. 

TED have some short and informative videos about nutrition.

Want to know a bit more about food and mood? Watch this video from Mind

Want to know more about mindful eating? Have a look at the Bupa website

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Addiction

NHS – Alcohol support

This NHS provide advice and support if you feel you are drinking too much and would like help.

NHS – Smoking

If you would like help to quit smoking the NHS give useful tips to help you.


Relationship support

The website Helpguide has lots of interesting articles relating to mental health and wellness including relationships.

Mindtools have more information and advice about managing work-based relationships.

Relationship support for everyone at Relate.

Mentalhealth.org.uk have a range of info and support.

The University of Minnesota has some great advice about relationships.

Friendship & mental health information and advice at mentalhealth.org.uk


Training Courses

Employment support for carers

The Disability Resource Centre has just launched a free support programme for carers to help manage your wellbeing, learn new skills and/or gain paid work.

  • Learn how to relax, de-stress and find balance in your life with a range of wellbeing support, online courses and workshops
  • Keep learning during the coronavirus crisis with our recently improved online training programmes that you can access on your PC, tablet or phone
  • We provide 1-2-1 support for unpaid carers living in Luton or Central Bedfordshire

Read full details of the free employment support programme for carers on The Disability Resource Centre’s website.


Meditation and relaxation

For mediation try Headspace. Or try the new and free, Medito app, for your phone or tablet.

Relaxation techniques for stress relief at helpguide.org

If you would like to invest in a book we recommend “Happy” by Fearne Cotton