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PEOPLE in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to keep up their lockdown exercise habits to help with their mental health.

The benefits of staying active as restrictions ease have been highlighted, as new research shows worry about the coronavirus situation has risen amongst Scots.

A new phase of the Clear Your Head campaign has been launched to help people look after their mental health, as research shows seven in ten people in Scotland are worried about the coronavirus situation, the highest level seen since mid-June.

The latest phase of the campaign is encouraging people to keep up any new habits they may have started during the pandemic and highlights how making time to get active and do one thing, however big or small, can help people feel calmer and boost mood.

Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said: “Life may be moving more as restrictions ease, but this can bring new challenges as people juggle work, family and other commitments. We are living in uncertain times and feelings of stress and worry are understandable as things continue to change, but there are practical things you can do to help you cope.

“Getting outside and keeping up active habits adopted during the pandemic, even for a short period of time, will help you feel better and more in control. It’s so important to be kind to yourself, and remember that help and support is available if you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling.”

The website – clearyourhead.scot – gives practical tips and ideas on how to stay active and feel the benefits.

It also signposts helplines for those who need to talk to someone about how they’re feeling, including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans.

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