Looking after your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, keep well hydrated, be active and try to avoid smoking and alcohol in excess. Following general healthy living advice such as this will support you to remain positive, strong and managing stress during these challenging times.

We've included some hints, tips and links to support you to stay physically healthy below:

Our wellbeing and lifestyle coaches are available to support you to improve your physical health and provide mental health first aid support. The coaches can offer 1-1 or group sessions to support you with your physical activity goals, weight management and mental health awareness. All staff will be asked to undertake a short screening exercise prior to any activities taking place. This is to ensure your safety and wellness and to support staff who may have medical conditions or disabilities. Please contact wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk for more information and advice.

We should do some type of physical activity every day. Any type of activity is good for you and generally the more you do, the better! There are lots of ways to be active and some options are listed below:

  • 10 minute work outs from Public Health England
  • Try NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos from the comfort of your front room
  • There's our dedicated Health and Wellbeing Centre at Hollins Park
  • Our online yoga class which can be accessed 24/7 on any device
  • Our Sunday circuit class

Why not try Couch to 5K?  

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we're just getting started.Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Online Yoga

We have teamed up with A Pathway to Health to launch a FREE online functional yoga class for staff. Classes are pre-recorded and are different each week. Classes last for 45 minutes and can be accessed on any device.

Find out more by emailing wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk 


Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night's sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it's important to get enough.

Get practical advice:

The Live Well section of the NHS website is full of information about how to live a healthier lifestyle and practice self-care. We've included some other helpful links below:

  • The Eatwell guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet

  • Check whether you're a healthy weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator.

  • If you are looking to lose weight, Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. It is designed to help you lose weight safely – and keep it off!

  • Take the How Are You quiz to see how healthy you are or you can take the online heart age test to see your risk of getting heart disease or stroke


Below is a list of the most useful apps around to support you to maintain your physical health, try them and see what works for you and try your best to maintain this practice daily. 

Couch to 5k Get off the couch and running 5k in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step audio instructions.


My Fitness Pal Take control of your goals. Track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities with MyFitnessPal.



Easy Meals More than 150 delicious, easy, healthier recipes just a tap away. Search by mealtime and save shopping lists for later.