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October marks Mental Health Month, so this week’s Top Tip Tuesday is all about how the digital world can support with your mental health.

Eating Well

Besides a wealth of knowledge on the internet, and the option to buy books on the subject from online stores, there are also many Apps available to support with recording your diet. Check out MyFitnessPal, Calorie Counter, Food Diary, and Life Sum. You’ll also find Apps for recipes like BBC’s Good Food and NHS Easy Meals.

Exercise

There are loads of Apps that can track your steps and fitness, and aid in your exercise. Check out Apps such as Strava, Google Fit, Apple Health, Daily Workout Trainer, Seven – 7 Minute workouts. You can also check out YouTube for all sorts of exercise from general fitness to Yoga. The Body Coach offers a lot of great exercise regimes for all ages, and Yoga with Adrienne is a great start to your Yoga journey.

Healthy Weight

You can use the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your score:

www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator

Better sleep

If you’re having trouble sleeping, there are many apps available to support sleep patterns such as Calm, Head Space and Sleep Cycle. These are all free and subscription based services.

You can also check out Spotify for Sleep Playlists, and even Podcasts designed to help you sleep better.

Alcohol Misuse

Drinking more than 14 units of alcohol on a regular basis can have serious risks to your health, such as strokes, heart, and liver disease to name a few. If you think you might need help with drinking support and information can be found at: www.drinkaware.co.uk

Stop Smoking

The NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smoke free for the 4-week programme you’re up to 5 times more likely to quit for good. Plus, you can track the days you’ve been smoke free and see how much you’re saving!

Did You Know?

Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by up to 20%!