VISIT Kelso has created a new initiative to help locals and visitors to Kelso feel their best, and it launched on Monday January 16, traditionally known as ‘Blue Monday’.

Following the six Doctors of Wellbeing – fresh air, exercise, water, rest, diet, and sunshine – Kelso is striving to be known as Scotland’s Wellbeing Capital, inspiring its inhabitants and visitors to take a bit of time out of their busy day to take care of themselves, with local businesses and organisations implementing small steps in support of the campaign.

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The idea behind the six natural doctors is to show people how easily small steps can be implemented every day to look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

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Whether it is staying hydrated while cycling on some of the local routes, drinking a calming herbal tea while taking a short break from work, or doing a short breathing exercise to ground yourself and practice mindfulness, Kelso’s Wellbeing Warriors are ensuring everyone in their town is taken care of.

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Lesley Rosher, owner of The Crafty Creative, has been seeing the benefits of activities such as crafting for years. Lesley said: “People don’t always initially think of crafts when thinking about wellbeing but having the ability to give your mind a break from screens, busy schedules, and stresses, is so important.

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“Taking a bit of time out of our days to make sure we focus on us is hugely beneficial, and crafting is the perfect activity for this! Your brain can shut off while you have some important me-time.”

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Plenty of other local Wellbeing Warriors are also promoting easy ways in which their people can add self-care into their routines, altogether offering a rich collection of inspiration for anyone who wants to take care of their mental and physical wellbeing.

Tina Newton, Visit Kelso volunteer said: “Wellbeing it at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now; we felt it was important to come together as a town to show both locals and visitors that there are quick and easy ways to take better care of yourself.”

A list of participating businesses and organisations, and their small steps can be found on the Visit Kelso website: 

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