Heads Up 1 April 2021


Stress Awareness Month: get active with Wellbeing for Life

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April is Stress Awareness Month and with a reported 65% of people feeling more stressed since the start of COVID-19*, health and care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire are marking the month by providing advice and support to help anyone suffering.

As feelings of isolation, uncertainty and loss of control remain at the forefront of people’s minds, this year’s theme for the month, co-ordinated by the Stress Management Society, is regaining connectivity, certainty and control.

Partners are encouraging people to take action against stress. It is estimated that it takes 30 days to turn positive actions into habits, and in light of this, Coventry and Warwickshire’s Wellbeing for Life initiative has produced the Active April calendar, designed to move towards positive behaviour change and build resilience for the future.

From cleaning to walking to dancing, the idea is to find time each day to do something active that is enjoyable and will relieve pressure, finding a sense of connectivity and control for Spring and beyond. The calendar encourages residents to keep active, take notice of their physical and mental health, as well as connect with others by sharing their activity each day and ultimately, have fun through the month.

The Step into Active April calendar can be downloaded from the new Wellbeing for Life website: wellbeing4life.co.uk. People can also share their Active April spring photos by using the hashtag #ActiveApril and tagging Coventry City Council or Warwickshire County Council on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For anyone struggling, there are a range of mental health and wellbeing support services offered in a variety of ways across Coventry and Warwickshire.

*Data provided by the Stress Management Society.


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