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Warrington targets stress-free futures for Men’s Health Week

Warrington Borough Council is encouraging men to become stress-busters, for Men’s Health Week 2016.

The Council’s Public Health Team is promoting the week, which runs from 13-19 June, by asking men to make time to think about what they can do to beat stress and enjoy happier, healthier lifestyles.

Men are being encouraged to join the Men’s Health Week discussion on Twitter and Facebook and let people know how they beat stress, whether it’s a game of football in the park; losing themselves in a new hobby; enjoying family time; or helping out at a local club.

It ties in with Cheshire and Merseyside’s wellbeing campaign, Make Time. Comments and pictures can be tagged with #MHW2016 and #maketimewarrington.

Cllr. Maureen McLaughlin, executive member for public health and wellbeing, said: “It’s important for everyone to be able to recognise and tackle stress, as too much stress can affect our health and lead to physical and emotional health problems.

“Men’s Health Week gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with local men through the Make Time campaign. By sharing ideas and communicating, we hope many more local men will be empowered to reflect on what causes them stress and to identify new ways of managing it in a healthy way.”

The Make Time campaign poses a range of questions, encouraging everyone to think about how they can make time to boost their mood, or de-stress, including:

  • When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
  • When was the last time you got up and out?
  • When was the last time you noticed things around you?
  • When was the last time you tried something new?
  • When was the last time you made someone smile?

The questions and the Make Time campaign, are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple actions that can help us to feel good about ourselves. Research has shown that people who regularly include the Five Ways to Wellbeing in their daily lives are more likely to feel positive. The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which underpin Make Time, are:

  • Connect – spend time with the people who are important to you.
  • Be active – at a level that suits your mobility and fitness.
  • Take notice – be more aware of the world around you. Be curious.
  • Keep learning – try something new or different, start a new hobby.
  • Give – do something thoughtful for someone else, or volunteer your time.

Stress is a normal part of life, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming. If you’re struggling with stress and can’t cope, it’s important to talk to your GP. For information about mental health and local support services visit www.happyoksad.org.uk, Warrington’s mental health awareness site.

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