It’s important that we all keep well this Christmas, especially those feeling stressed or anxious. Help is at hand via a countrywide campaign by livewell a Charity supported by Essex County Council.
Details are provided in the Press Release below issued by Rochford District Council.
Cllr. Robin Dray - Chairman of Rochford District Council and Member for Wheatley Ward
Rochford District Council is supporting a countywide campaign which launches today that aims to encourage residents to follow 7 ways to improve their wellbeing in the run up to Christmas. The campaign is being led by livewell, an initiative shared by Essex local authorities to help improve health and wellbeing among residents across the county.
Latest figures from the ONS (Office of National Statistics) show that 60% of adults are stressed or anxious and 49% said their wellbeing has been affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
In response, livewell has launched 7 Ways To Wellbeing, a countywide campaign that aims to help raise spirits during lockdown and in the run up to what will be likely be a different Christmas than many are used to.
The campaign encourages people to learn new skills, stay connected with others, keep present buying simple and support others with charitable acts. The campaign also pushes the importance of a good night’s sleep and staying active for our health and wellbeing.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Cllr Mike Webb said: “There are many pressures in our lives, especially at the moment that can sometimes feel overwhelming and lead us to feel sad, depressed, anxious, confused or struggling to cope. The 7 ways to wellbeing is a great initiative to focus your mind and set yourself fun challenges to help improve mental wellbeing.
“With Christmas on the way and having to adapt to ensure it’s a safe celebration, it’s important that you take a break, enjoy spending time with your household, getting outdoors for a brisk walk, staying connected with your loved ones, singing Christmas songs and appreciating what you do have this Christmas.
“Christmas can be a difficult time for people but there is support available. Find out about local support groups and mental health services here; http://bit.ly/2UtkOEu don’t be afraid to speak up or reach out for support.”