We do it every year, don’t we?
Scarcely have the bells chimed in the New Year, than we’re making those resolutions to lose weight, get fitter, or just get out more.
Truth is we all know it’s important to look after our wellbeing – but sometimes it seems like just too much hard work. We’re getting older, our joints are packing up and it’s easier to get tired.
It can be easy to think ‘Oh, that’s it for me now’ – but it’s not.
The media can makes us think that wellbeing is all about eating kale and drinking wheat grass, running marathons or cycling like Bradley Wiggins; but simply making positive changes to your life, getting active in whatever way you can and meeting new people can really make a difference, emotionally as well as physically.
There are lots of things you can do to boost your wellbeing this year however thalidomide has affected you – from getting private physio with your health grant, eating sensibly – in a way you can sustain – or enjoying the company of new people, doing the things you love to do.
Kath says: ‘Ask the Trust about how you can connect with other people like you. Join our Facebook group – we’re all thalidomiders and we’ll talk to you and guide you. The Fit for the Future contacts can also help. I’m probably a much nicer person to live with. And I feel great.”
Helen says : “ Paying attention to diet and exercise really makes a difference – but it can be hard to make a start.I’d advise anyone thinking of making some changes to make an appointment, with a trainer, or at a class. You’re less likely to back out if you think you’ll be letting people down."
Find out more about Helen’s journey here
Liz says: “If other beneficiaries are thinking of giving line dancing a try I’d say they definitely should. It’s great for your social life – as well as keeping you fit and anyone can do it. At one of my line dancing groups there’s a woman in a wheelchair. The organiser has created some moves for her, where she spins round in her chair and uses her arms. She has a great time.”
Kath, Helen and Liz are just three beneficiaries who have found that just changing one thing boosted their wellbeing for a fitter future. Try their tips for making it happen for you – and get a whole new lease of life.