BWC - Guides and Action Plans
Learn about caring, bereavement and more in BWC’s easy-to-follow guides. You will get an accompanying action plan with some suggested actions you can take to improve your situation. Choose the ones that work for you.
Please note: the links below will open as a new window in the Bank Workers Charity website.
Here you can find guides and action plans to help you take back control of your finances. Find out more about benefits you may be entitled to or grants you didn’t know were available and look into how you can manage your debts.
Find out more about some of the most common mental health conditions. These include help with stress, anxiety and depression.
You can find out more about looking after your heart health, lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes as well as getting support for a disability.
Get advice on getting support if you’re a carer as well as what you can do when you suffer a bereavement. This also includes information on relationship break downs.
Sleep, Perchance to dream...
As we get older, our sleep patterns change, but since the pandemic began, many of us have been finding it difficult to drift off, experiencing disruptive sleep or not getting a good night’s rest.
And in addition to this, a lack of routine, spending even more time at home, and not getting enough daylight has resulted in us feeling more emotional, irritable, and anxious. Over time, poor sleep quality can have a negative impact on our wellbeing, affecting our cognitive ability, energy, focus and ability to function, making us more susceptible to illnesses.
The good news is, there are healthy sleep habits that we can introduce to our routine to help us get some well-deserved rest, and in turn, protect our physical and mental wellbeing. So, what can we do to improve our sleep?
- Sleep at regular times – aim to wake up and go to sleep around the same time each day. It’s recommended that we get 7-8 hours’ sleep per night so build in enough time to achieve this. It’ll help improve the quality of your sleep and your brain health.
- Limit daytime naps – if you feel the need to nap, it’s best to have a short rest (no more than 30 minutes) in the early afternoon so that it doesn’t affect your bedtime routine.
- Move more – it’s recommended that older people do two types of activity each week- one aerobic and one strength. If you have limited mobility or aren’t able to get out, you can do exercises at home with a chair. Age UK have some low impact routines you could try.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine – turn off all digital devices at least an hour before bed and begin to unwind. You could read a book, listen to music, have a bath, or practice a mindfulness technique. Your bedroom should ideally be dark, quiet, tidy and kept at a temperature of around 18°C.
For more practical advice on how to get a good night’s rest, watch BWC’s short video on the importance of good quality sleep and the steps you can take to achieve it. Remember, if you’ve tried everything but you’re still affected by poor sleep, you should speak to your GP.
Watch BWC's video on how to improve your sleep. - opens in a new window