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Boost you mood with an online “stretchalon”

A leading British charity is asking the UK to take stretching to a new level in a bid to help our physical and emotional well-being.

 FirstLight Trust is a charity offering practical support for veterans of the emergency services and military. Their next Stress Down Day UK on 27 March will offer fun hints and ideas to educate the public and veterans alike with ways to help reduce stress.

“During this time of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and focus on your wellbeing,” says Dorinda Wolfe Murray, the charity’s founder. “We’re suggesting people take just a few moments to de-stress and relax. This could be anything from looking at the sky to yawning with your cat. Plus, we’ve an enjoyable online video to stretch along to.”

Through their work rehabilitating veterans back into their communities, the charity has found that even the smallest action can make a big impact. Many studies have shown that stretching helps release stress in the muscles. The Stretch for Stress Down Day UK video is suggested as a simple and effective exercise for anyone who would like to take part. Supporters are encouraged to post photos of their pets stretching using the hashtag #StressDownDayUK.

For your very own free positive feeling, follow this link to watch the Stretch for Stress Down Day UK video online at https://stressdownday.uk/research/. Please consider donating online to help the charity’s work supporting former ambulance drivers, paramedics, police, firefighters and armed forces veterans suffering from extreme stress; The people who are supporting us through a very difficult time for all.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Stress Down Day UK takes place on 27 March, the Friday before the clocks go forward.

Donations can be made at: http://www.stressdownday.uk/ website.

For more information please contact Rose Bradbury on 0207 730 7545. A larger 3MB of someone stretching in a Stress Down Day UK T-shirt is available on request.

#StressDownDayUK will be promoted on the day – 27 March – through FirstLight Trust social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook @firstlighttrust and Instagram @firstlight_trust

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