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Lord Mayor encourages people to 'Take 5'

2 Apr 2020
The Lord Mayor of Belfast is supporting the ‘Take 5’ campaign and encouraging people to look after their mental and physical wellbeing while they stay at home.

Councillor Daniel Baker said: “Staying at home is the right thing for us to do right now, as we all do our bit to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect ourselves and our health and care workers – but it’s a big adjustment.

“Many of us are working from home while also trying to look after little ones or caring for elderly relatives, and it is a stressful time for everyone. That’s why I’m encouraging people to make sure they take time out for themselves every day. Even the simplest of things can make a big difference.

“Turning off the TV, taking a break from the constant stream of news and maybe listening to some music, reading a book, or learning a new craft. It’s also important to look after our physical health. While we can’t get to the gym or leisure centres, people have been really creative when it comes to keeping fit at home. Things like gardening or doing an online exercise video, even just getting outside with the kids if you’re lucky enough to have a garden – it keeps you active and also is a great stress-buster.”

Councillor Baker added: “For some people who already struggle with their mental health, or who live alone – this will be a particularly challenging time. I would encourage people to make sure they stay connected with family and friends, especially those who may be more vulnerable, or older. Stay in touch via phone or text, or think about using technology to have online meetups.

“My message to everyone is, you are not alone. We are all in this together.”

To find out more about the Take 5 campaign including tips on looking after your mental and physical wellbeing, visit www.pha.site/StayAtHome
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