Boost your mood with an online ‘Stretchalong’

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 hints and exercises 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 a fun 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, watch the Stretch for Stress Down Day video online. Any online donations will help the charity’s work supporting former ambulance drivers, paramedics, police, firefighters and armed forces veterans suffering from extreme stress.