Posted on Wednesday 16th June 2021
Left to right: Zoe Williams and Abigail Robertson
People are being encouraged to sign up to a new campaign to help keep themselves happy, healthy and feeling good.
The ‘Do It to Feel Good’ email campaign is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council in conjunction with Everyone Health Staffordshire.
It aims to remind people of the importance of looking after their mental health and the positive impact that making small changes can have on a person’s wellbeing.
Dropping into people’s inbox each week is a motivational email with practical tips based on ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’ - a series of actions proven to improve wellbeing in everyday life.
People will also receive details about services and local organisations across Staffordshire that offer support.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care at Staffordshire County Council said:
“Now, more than ever, it’s important for us all to be more mindful of our mental wellbeing, to help us to live a happier and healthier life.
“We have all felt the impact of the last eighteen months on our health, and as we start to emerge from the Covid-19 restrictions, many may start to feel the pressures of daily life creeping in again.
“When you sign up to our free campaign, you’ll receive a weekly email with simple and practical steps that you can take each and every day, to help you to feel good and nurture your mental wellbeing.
"It’s sometimes the simple things that can make a difference.
"So, do it to feel good.”
Abigail Robertson, Nutritionist with Everyone Health Staffordshire runs a number of activities and said:
“The baking group is a wonderful opportunity to bring people together who love baking and socialising.
"We’ve had so much fun sharing ideas, recipes and having a good old natter about foods past, present and future.
“The group have really gotten to know each other and it’s become a really friendly place for people to come together.
"Over the past few months we’ve made all sorts of treats including flapjacks, lemon drizzle cakes, fruit muffins, chocolate brownies and mini cheesecakes just to name a few.”
Zoe Williams, also from Everyone Health Staffordshire, runs various activities, including the book club.
“Joining the book club has given our clients the opportunity to talk to new people and discuss all sorts of books during a time when meeting people has been extremely difficult.
"I have watched those taking part grow in confidence and start to really enjoy people’s company again, which is great.”
Karen has joined both the virtual baking and reading groups to help her to connect with others and improve her wellbeing.
Talking about her experiences she said:
“Initially I was feeling apprehensive about it all but joining the groups has been a really enjoyable experience.
“The groups have benefitted me socially, as without them I wouldn’t have had anyone else to talk to - apart from my husband!
"My life has changed now and I know that I need to join in with more social groups in the future.
"The telephone groups have given me the courage and the confidence I need to join in with face-to-face groups once these are back up and running.”
People can sign up to the ‘Do It to Feel Good’ campaign at https://bit.ly/DoItToFeelGood