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Beat the January Blues with These Tips from Barnet Council

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The third Monday in January is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. With the festive season a distant memory, and new year’s resolutions to improve your health and well-being falling by the wayside, it’s hard to keep motivated.

This Blue Monday, (17 January 2022), Barnet Council is highlighting ways to help us all keep fit and beat the January Blues

If you are only starting your fitness journey, walking is a great, gentle way to clear your head and move your body. Visit our many parks and open spaces and make use of an Active Trail or outdoor gym. Why not go on one of Barnet’s six Heritage Walks or an instructor led, Health Walk?

Download their free Heritage Walks audio guide  and maps and listen to interesting stories about historical and natural points of interest in Barnet.

Their Fit & Active Barnet (FAB) Hub is also a great place to give residents access to health and wellbeing tips, in addition to helping you find an activity that will help you move a little more. While visiting the Hub, why not register for a free FAB card (available to Barnet residents). The FAB card provides a range of benefits and discounts to help you on your way to a fitter and healthier you.

If you’re considering stopping smoking, then there are free and confidential one-to-one support programmes across the borough to help.  Start your personalised journey today by filling out your Smoke free Journey Form.

For tips on maintaining good mental health and well-being, visit Good Thinking, a platform that Barnet Council participate in and a great resource with useful tips and access to online support. Many services have also adapted their approach to be able to offer support online or over the phone during this time. 

Local community group Bread n Butter is ready to help Barnet residents discover a healthier diet in 2022! Whether you are cooking for a family or just for one, Bread n Butter has put together informative videos sharing top tips for meal planning.

Here’s smart cooking for a family:

Ttry out some budget busting recipes here.

Councillor Caroline Stock, Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, said: ‘January can be a challenging month at the best of times, but with the pandemic still affecting all our lives, many more people are facing difficulties with their physical and mental health.

‘The health and wel-being of the people of Barnet is a key priority for the council, and there are many resources and services available to help with this.

‘I would encourage anyone who is struggling or just wants the opportunity to lead a fitter and healthier lifestyle, to take advantage of some of the great services Barnet offers and get the support you need.’

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