With the Christmas festivities now over for another year, millions of people across the UK are struggling with the widely recognised, ‘winter blues’.
According to The Mental Health Charity, Samaritans, Monday 18th of January is one of the most difficult days of the year, with many people feeling lonely. In order to raise spirits, Samaritans decided to change the day to “Brew Monday”.
Samaritans encourage everyone to grab a brew and have a chat with a survey in 2021 suggesting that at least 58% of UK adults found speaking to someone regularly has a positive effect on their mental health.
At the Beeches residential care home, we recognise the importance of reducing loneliness and we take pride in providing engaging activities that encourage our residents to socialise and share experiences together.
Let’s take a look at the ways you can get involved in “Brew Monday” this month…
Meeting up in person has been more of a challenge during the pandemic. However, you don’t have to physically meet someone to make a difference. Giving an individual who’s struggling at least fifteen minutes of your day over the phone can make a big difference! Our residents at the Beeches have regular calls with loved ones to stay connected. So, grab yourself a brew, reach out and connect virtually.
If you’d prefer a physical meeting, why not organise an hour of your day to pop over for a cup of tea after work to a lonely neighbour or loved one. “Brew Monday” can be any day of the week. Our residents have regular visits from family and friends to keep their spirits up. Over the next coming months, consider reaching out to someone in these difficult times.
Do you enjoy event planning? Then why not get involved in a “Brew Monday” this month! Plan your own get together with tea and biscuits, either in your local community or a larger fundraising event. Bake sale, tea and coffee mornings, virtual raffle or sponsored walks are only some of the ideas you could get involved in to make a difference.
Here at The Beeches, we regularly host a range of activities to improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness. We want to ensure that none of our residents feel lonely, alongside providing them with quality care and support.
For more information on The Beeches, or to take a look around the home, please call 01359 230773 or visit our website at www.thebeeches-ixworth.co.uk