Another year = another opportunity to prioritise health and wellbeing!


Whether it’s achieving better sleep, improving our diet, taking care of our mental health or ways to look after our finances and more – there are an abundance of National Awareness Days taking place throughout the year that can only educate us, but encourage and give us the boost we need to help stay on track with physical and mental wellbeing targets!

Our 2023 Wellbeing Calendar (updated quarterly), is the perfect start point for any individuals looking for inspiration or tips, AND for businesses who are looking for ways to create a healthier, more productive workforce by engaging their teams and promoting better wellbeing in the workplace. As we share health tips blogs, stats, resources and more – we’re here to help keep you, or your teams, in tip top shape 😊💪✨

If you’re new here – be sure to regularly check our health tips and workplace wellbeing blog for even more ideas 🙌

If you’re already part of the Paycare family – either a Paycare Policyholder or Corporate Customer – don’t forget to make use of your MyPaycare and MyPeople Log In areas to access wellbeing services, new blogs, resources and more 🧡



So, what’s coming up?



🥂🚫 Dry January – All month

31 days alcohol-free! A break and a total reset for the body and mind with Alcohol Change UK. Improve your sleep, energy, mental health, concentration, skin, save money and feel an amazing sense of achievement.  #DryJanuary is about living better, feeling better. Check out Paycare’s Blog of Five key benefits to cutting your alcohol intake and follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we’ll share more top tips 😊

Paycare Policyholders, don’t forget you have access to our 24/7 MyPocketGP and Confidential Counselling Helpline for further support on a wide range of topics, all in your MyPaycare Log In area.


💙 Blue Monday – 16th January

This #BrewMonday, Samaritans is reminding everyone – individuals and businesses – to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about, whether that be family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. Take a look at How to Banish the Blue Monday Blues, ways to reduce anxiety, How can Paycare help me if I’m stressed and how to be a good listener.

We understand that extra support may be needed from time to time – Paycare Policyholders and Corporate Customers – don’t forget that our Confidential Counselling Helpline allows Policyholders to speak to a qualified counsellor via telephone when you need it the most 💚




💬 Time to Talk Day – 2nd Feb

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation – a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives. Check out MIND’s Tips to Talk and share with your friends, family and colleagues. Paycare’s blog also shares information on Making Mental Health a Global Priority, Cost of Living Tips for those with financial worries or concerns, and The Benefits of open Communication in the Workplace 📖

For those struggling, our MyPocketGP and Confidential Counselling Helpline (included in all Health Cash Plans including Individual and Corporate Health Cash Plans, AND our Bundle Wellbeing Package for businesses), are both available 24/7 💚


🤒 National Sickie Day – 6th Feb

Did you know there are an estimated 350,000 absences from work on the first Monday of February every year? The day when a higher number of employees call in sick than any other day of the year and some are deemed to be doing so unnecessarily because they are not really sick… Post-holiday blues, gloomy weather, anxiety/depression, financial worry and absenteeism (due to workload worry, colleague tension, personal life distractions, mental health problems or not fulfilled with employment), can all contribute towards employees calling in sick.

Here are some great tips on how to support your team in light of the awareness day, and we’re calling on employers to recognise the very real problem of absenteeism in our National Sickie Day Blog. If you’re struggling, at work or home, do reach out to your employers or professionals for support – all Paycare Policyholders have access to our Confidential Counselling Helpline 📞


🧡 Random Acts of Kindness Week – 17th Feb

Random Acts of Kindness is a week dedicated to taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day. Whether it’s surprising your team with an early finish, complimenting somebody on a job well done or placing a funny note in your child’s lunch box – there are so many ways that you can join in, spread some kindness and make someone’s day.

Paycare practice kindness in many ways – whether it’s volunteering in the community and donating to local charities, or being kind to our team by providing them with a Health Cash Plan, giving birthdays off, Wellbeing Days off and more. Whether you’re an individual or organisation, we’d love to know how you show kindness – get in touch with us!

The power of kindness is infinite – as explained in our Kindness the Key to a Happy, Healthy Workforce Blog. We also share the scientific links between kindness and physical/mental wellbeing in our Kindness is a Chemical health tips blog and love these 7 Steps to Creating Kindness in the Workplace 🥰🙌




Employee Appreciation Day – 3rd March

Calling all businesses out there – this is a SUPER popular awareness day to get involved in! Strong employer-employee relations are at the core of any truly successful business – reward and thank employees for their ongoing hard work and efforts, strengthen the bond between employer and employee, and highlight trust, loyalty, motivation, and morale.

We talk all things employee appreciation in our blogs – 13 reasons why your staff will love you and why it’s important to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day today and everyday! Team appreciation can a huge positive impact on employees increasing morale, productivity, motivation & reducing absenteeism and presenteeism. You can do this by providing your team with a Company Paid Paycare Plan, Bundle, arrange team days, birthdays off and much more! 👏


🦷 World Oral Health Day – 20th March

It’s extremely important for people to value and take care of their oral health and to make the right decisions to protect it. World Oral Health Day is all about reducing the burden of oral diseases, which affect individuals, health systems and economies everywhere, and most importantly, focusing on the importance of caring for your mouth at every stage of life.

Take a read of our Top Mouth Care Tips10 Tooth Brushing Mistakes to Avoid and How to Access Dental Care Blog. cessing dental care. Our Health Cash Plans for BOTH individuals and employees with a Corporate Paycare Plan provide Dental Cover – including regular check-ups, dental crowns, fillings, x-rays, orthodontist treatment and much more. Routine check-ups help maintain oral hygiene and our cover means you no longer need to worry about the costs of dental emergencies 🙌


💰 Debt Awareness Week 21st – 27th March

Debt Awareness Week is all about helping people open up and get the help they need – encourage those struggling to open up and ask for help – without feeling judged, ashamed or embarrassed. Telling someone about your struggles is the first step to getting things back on track.

Here are some amazing guides and tips to help you start those difficult, and often very daunting conversations. We also share some Cost of Living Tips including a catch up of our recent webinar we delivered with WCCU, and ways to take care of your financial wellbeing. If you, or your team, are struggling with financial issues and would like further support, do make use of our Confidential Counselling Helpline, available day or night via telephone 🧡



For more health and wellbeing top tips across other various topics, click here to head to our main blog 😊🧡