A NEW campaign focussing on what people can – rather than can’t – do during the current pandemic restrictions has been launched.

Behind the venture are West Yorkshire Prepared and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, which are encouraging people to concentrate on positives.

The campaign spotlights topics associated with wellbeing, such as exercising, which releases mood-boosting chemicals in the body; setting aside ‘me’ time; keeping in touch with friends and family through video chats or phone calls, and connecting with the outdoors, to help lift your mood and reduce stress.

Robin Tuddenham, co-chairman of West Yorkshire Prepared, said: “Whilst recognising we are all living with a lot of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic at the moment – and acknowledging that some of us will have experienced real personal hardship and loss – positive thinking is simply about trying to focus more on the good things, however small they may be.

“In no way are we downplaying the seriousness of the climate we are living in. But with a lot of news stories focusing on the restrictions and reminding people of what they can’t do, our intention is to remind people there are still enjoyable times to be had – and hope for all of us – both now and in the future.”

To keep up with the campaign, search for #WestYorkshirePositiveVibes on Twitter, or follow West Yorkshire Prepared on Facebook.