Focus on health and wellbeing

Health and wellness coach Laura Butler is calling on businesses to get involved in Shropshire Wellbeing Day on June 23 as part of World Wellbeing Week.

Any business that signs up will have free access to downloadable activities and competitions. Laura is collaborating with a number of national and local wellbeing partners to provide activities and prizes on the day.

According to the TUC, UK workers put in longer hours than any country in the EU but our overworking culture is actually making us less productive. In 2019/20 there were an estimated 828,000 workers affected by work-related stress, depression or anxiety, and an estimated 17.9 million working days lost. In the same period work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 51% of all work-related ill health.

Laura would like businesses across the county to sign up and put wellbeing at the top of their agenda for the day. She said, “As the world opens up and life becomes busier and more hectic, it’s crucial we check in on our own mental wellbeing. If the pandemic has taught us anything about ourselves, it is that taking care of our mental and physical health is really important.

“I believe it’s time for a fundamental shift in how we all operate, and I want Shropshire Wellbeing Day to be that first small step in the right direction, to create a catalyst for change. I’ll be immensely pleased if we can get lots of businesses signed up and thinking about wellbeing!”

Laura will be giving businesses free access to downloadable activities from her newly launched online resource – The Wellness Hub.

World Wellbeing Week is in its third year and will run during the final week of June as a way to promote awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental.

Beth Heath at Shropshire Festivals, which has already signed up for Wellbeing Day, said, “After everything we’ve all been through in the last year or so, it is crucial for employers to put their team’s mental and physical wellbeing at the top of their priorities.”

Visit www.shropshirewellbeingday.co.uk for more information.

CAPTION: Laura Butler, who is calling on businesses to join Shropshire Wellbeing Day.

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