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Blue Monday: Winter Wellness


Next week sees the third Monday in January, officially known as Blue Monday. Although there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this is a worse day of the year for mental health than any other, it has become a standard which by to look at the broader picture of winter wellbeing.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with 5 self-care practices for you to incorporate into your daily routine, that may help to combat the winter blues!

Get plenty of rest

Good quality sleep is essential for your overall health and wellbeing.  If you’re not getting enough sleep, or if your sleep quality is poor, this may affect your immune system. Studies show that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night.  Taking the necessary steps to create the right environment to promote quality sleep, may help you sleep more soundly.

Tip: To ensure you get a good night’s rest and to develop a consistent sleep routine, go to bed at the same time each night.

Boost your Vitamin C

The colder months are often when our immune system takes a hit.  This winter increase your odds of staying strong, healthy and fit by adding some extra Vitamin C into your diet. This will help you fend off those nasty coughs, colds and flu like symptoms.

Tip: Drinking honey and lemon in the mornings helps to kick start your immune system, making you feel energised for the day ahead.

Go outside

Yes, we know it can be hard to find the motivation to go outside when it’s bitterly cold, gloomy and dull, but just taking a few minutes to breathe in fresh air and observe the nature around you is good for your mental and physical health.

Tip:  Going for a walk can help you boost your immune system, increase your energy and improve your metabolism.

Keep active

Getting yourself moving during the winter months can be difficult. But its even more important to get up and get moving even if you don’t feel like it. This is because your body needs the boost that exercise gives you to strengthen your immune system, reducing the risk of developing coughs and colds. Exercise also releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical which can help you fend off those winter blues.

Tip: Hot Yoga is a great way to keep warm, feel good and stay fit.

Eat well

With the cold winter weather comes shorter days, coughs, colds and for some of us, weight gain.  Stay on top of your diet and keep well nourished this winter by incorporating healthy comforting and warming foods.

Tip:  Carrots, beetroot, berries and pomegranates are all great sources of immune boosting antioxidants.

Christmas Campaign 2019


This week, we’ve been spreading festive cheer in the shape of gifts and The Grinch inspired decorations at The Children’s Unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital. Spending time in hospital can be a difficult and worrying time for children and their families, especially at Christmas – a time where most of us look forward to being at home with our loved ones.

With that in mind, we made it our mission to create the best possible experience for children and their families spending time in hospital over the festive period. A significant amount of planning went into transforming the ward into a world of Dr Seuss, spearheaded by a social media campaign encouraging people to get involved with our Christmas gift appeal.

We are delighted to have played a small part in making the time spent in hospital a little brighter for the children and their families over Christmas.  We had an amazing response to our gift appeal, and we’d like to thank those who have donated – everyone has been extremely generous, and this has truly been such a rewarding experience.


Christmas Campaign 2019


The Grinch is on his way to The Countess!

Here at Jane Lewis, we’re always looking for new ways to make a difference and offer support within our local community, especially around Christmas time. So, this year we’ve partnered with The Countess of Chester Hospital, thanks to North West Nursing Branch Manager, Hayleigh Brown, who came up with the brilliant idea to decorate the children’s ward.

Working alongside our Marketing Department, the Nurses on the children’s ward have chosen the theme of The Grinch for this year’s decorations, transforming the ward into a world of Dr Seuss! Afterall, no one loves Christmas more than the Who’s of Whoville!

With planning now well underway, we are working tirelessly to ensure that the ward looks anything but ordinary! Sourcing everything from giant candy canes and lollipops, tinsel, lights, festive pom poms and even a life size Grinch – we really are pulling out all the stops to make this a whobilation celebration!

But the Christmas spirit doesn’t stop there…We’re also collecting Christmas gifts for each of the children on the ward, and appealing for toy themed Christmas tree decorations, no matter how big or small the gift or decoration, we’d love your donations!

“No child wants to spend Christmas in Hospital, but by donating to our Christmas campaigns, you’ll be helping to create the best possible experience for the children and their families over the festive season.”  – Jon Beadman, Operations Director.

Donations can be dropped off at the Jane Lewis Chester office between 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, up to 13th December 2019.  If you would like to donate, please call ahead on 01244 404080.

For an idea of what to donate, please take a look at our Gifting Guide.

Gifting Guide

What can you donate?

  • Toy themed Christmas tree decorations
  • New toys and gifts for children aged 0-16 years
  • For babies, sensory and musical toys, picture books, building bricks and development toys
  • For children, sticker books, colouring books and pens, craft activities, games and construction kits (Lego, Meccano, Mega Bloks)
  • For teenagers, high street gift cards (of lower values i.e. £5, £10 or £20), toiletries and accessories for boys and girls, playing cards, headphones and Bluetooth speakers

Important Information:

  • We can only accept new toys and gifts
  • If you would like to wrap your gift, please attach a label as this will enable us to match your gift to the appropriate patient.
  • If you donate chocolate or sweets, please make sure the ingredients are listed on the packet as some children may suffer with allergies or intolerances.


5 Stress Busting Tips for the Workplace

International Stress Awareness Week – 4th to 8th November 2019

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed and under pressure at work. But there are many things you can do, to help cope with stress in the workplace.  We’ve put together a guide on how to manage workplace stress in just 5 simple steps!

Keep a Clean Workspace

The bigger the mess, the greater the stress! Keeping a clean workspace will not only help you to stay focused, it can also boost productivity and moral.

Work Smarter Not Harder

Being organised can create a great platform for creativity and can help you focus more on what you want to achieve. By prioritising daily tasks, following routines and being proactive, this can be an effective way in increasing productivity and reducing stress.

Take a Walk

To combat the afternoon slump, take a walk during your lunch break. Studies have found that walking can have a positive impact on mood, enthusiasm and focus.

Eat Right

It’s not uncommon for people to turn to unhealthy comfort foods whilst feeling stressed at work. Salty, sugary and fatty foods can increase the feeling of stress. By choosing to snack on healthy and nutritious foods like fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and nuts, this can help enrich your mind and combat the feeling of excess stress.

Sleep Well

A lack of sleep can reduce our ability to cope with stressful situations. Experts suggest adults should get at least 7 hours of continuous sleep a night to allow our brains to recharge and our bodies to rest. A good night’s sleep can help us not only tackle the days’ stresses more easily, but can improve attention and concentration, and increase our ability to problem solve.

3 Effective Ways to Improve Brain Fitness


Learn how to keep your brain fit with these 3 simple steps!

Meditation and Mindfulness

The physiological benefits of meditation are wide ranging, people who meditate and practice mindfulness may find this exercise to reduce stress, control anxiety, improve sleep and increase creativity.

Life-long Learning

Learning a new skill helps to work multiple areas of the brain, increasing self-esteem, encouraging social interaction and improving your ability to cope with stressful situations.

Classes and courses are a great way to learn new skills, but there are plenty of other ways too! If you start with a bit of self-exploration and an open mind, you’ll be sure to find a hobby or interest that best suits you.

Small Changes Can Make a BIG Difference  

We all have our routines that are useful in helping to get things done. But often, this results in our minds working on auto-pilot living out the same daily routines, meaning our brain is working less.

So, to help your brain stay strong why not challenge it? Change your route to work or eat dessert first. These simple changes will force your brain to wake up and increase focus, memory and creativity.

4 Foods That Help You Boost Mental Health



4 Foods That Help Boost Mental Health

We all know the benefits food can have on the body – but what about the mind?

In recent years, studies have found that the quality of the foods we eat can impact on our overall mental and physical health.  So, to help you on your way to eating well and feeling good, we’ve put together a list of some of the top mood-busting foods that can help to maintain good mental health.


Ever notice that walnuts look just like the human brain? And that’s no coincidence! Packed with healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals, walnuts are powerful mood boosters that can increase serotonin levels.


Avocados are bursting with Vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that contribute to maintaining good mental and physical health. Fatty acids are crucially important to our health, and since fatty acids are one of the most significant avocado benefits, they are great brain food as these acids aid in balancing hormones and can have a direct effect on mood.


Salmon is an oily fish packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient for brain function and may protect against anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.


Think that eating a bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps might make you feel better than a pot of yogurt? Think again! Recent studies have uncovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt may boost mood and cognitive function, lowering feelings of stress and anxiety.  So, grab a spoon!


Halloween Charity Bike Ride


This Halloween, the Complex and Care at Home team have set themselves a challenge to cycle the equivalent distance from Chester to London on an exercise bike (that’s a whopping 219 miles) to promote the benefits exercise can have on mental health.

The more exercise you do, the more chemicals like endorphins and serotonin are released in your body which helps to improve your mood and wellbeing, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, instead find activities that you enjoy, from walking to swimming, dancing to jogging, as long as you are having fun and feeling good that is all that matters.

The event will take place over 1 week, so make sure you pop in to show your support!

5 Top Tips for a Healthy Mind in The Workplace


These tips will help you think how to best manage your mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Be Active

The benefits of exercise go far beyond calorie burning! Physical activities and exercise are a great way to boost your mental wellbeing. The more exercise you do, the more chemicals like endorphins and serotonin are released in your body which helps to improve your mood and wellbeing.

You don’t have to spend hours in the gym if that’s not your thing, instead find activities that you enjoy, from walking to swimming, dancing to running, as long as you’re having fun and feeling good that is all that matters.

Connect with Others

Connecting with others can create a greater sense of belonging and self-worth. Take some time out to have lunch with a colleague or speak to someone from another department, you may find that building strong relationships with the people around you will make you feel happier, healthier and more secure.

Create a Realistic Work-life Balance

From time to time managing work, life and family responsibilities may get on top of you, so instead of trying to strive for the perfect work-life balance, you should strive for a more realistic one.

This can be achieved by playing to your strengths and prioritising your work, at the end of your working day write a to-do-list for the following day, you may find that when your thoughts are down on paper, you’ll find it easier not to think about work.

Learn a New Skill

Not only can learning a new skill be useful, it can also improve your mental wellbeing, improving your confidence, self-esteem and help you to cope with stressful situations more effectively.

Learning something new doesn’t mean having to gain an extra qualification, instead you could rediscover and old interest or set yourself a new challenge, you may find that this will make you feel more satisfied and create a sense of achievement.

Take Notice

Taking notice is important to your mental wellbeing. Often, you may find that you are busy making plans, going from one task to another. So, it is important that you make the time to be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Try to reflect on your experiences and appreciate what matters to you, whether you are spending time with friends or taking a moment to yourself.



We’ll Miss you Alison!


Today we say goodbye to one of the key members of the Jane Lewis family Alison Williams who is leaving to put her feet up in the sun. Alison has been part of the Jane Lewis family for over 4 years and has been instrumental in the Crewe branch’s growth throughout the region with her phenomenal industry knowledge, work ethic and implementing key aspects of the Care at Home service they deliver so successfully.

Everybody at Jane Lewis is sad to see such a wonderful person leave. We wish her all the best in her retirement and can only express what a pleasure it’s been to work with such kind, caring and lovely person. Here’s to you Alison! We’ll all miss you.

We’re delighted to announce we won Best for Specialist Care at the Home Care Awards


We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we have won Best for Specialist Care at this years Home Care Awards. It is a credit to our Care at Home and Complex Care teams and shows how much they truly care bout improving the lives of all our clients. Everybody in the teams work tirelessly to ensure that all our clients have tailored healthcare solutions for each clients specific needs. This award will sit proudly within the department next to the Outstanding rating they received earlier this year.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all members of staff who have helped Jane Lewis become an industry leader in the Healthcare Industry.