The nature of the pandemic and impact of restrictions has been different for everyone, whether you were furloughed from work, home schooling children, an NHS worker saving lives or a critical worker keeping essential services going.
Everyone has had to adapt to keep themselves, their family and friends as safe as possible, while living with the anxiety of this deadly virus circulating in the community.
Here in North Somerset, we’ve all pulled together to look after each other – so thank you to everyone who has stayed home, worn a mask and kept their distance, even when it has been hard.
An evening of remembrance was held on Sunday 14 March to mark a year since North Somerset’s first resident lost their life to Covid-19.
People put candles in their windows and 334 candles were lit outside the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare, one for each person who has lost their life to coronavirus over the last 12 months.
Importance of continued mental and physical wellbeing
The hoped-for end of lockdown restrictions is still a few months away so it’s important to continue looking after both our mental and physical health.
Many office workers have now spent a year working from home and returning to the workplace might never be the same again.
If you need more support, there are links to mental health charities, tips for exercising at home and improving our wellbeing, on the council’s website.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing leaflet also outlines five things we can do each day to improve our overall happiness.
Figures from the British Red Cross indicate that about 40 per cent of adults feel that the pandemic has affected their wellbeing.
If you, or someone you know, is feeling lonely or isolated then a new project by North Somerset library service might help.
Reading Friends, part of a new campaign from national literacy charity The Reading Agency, uses books, magazines, newspapers and rmore to help people start a conversation and tackle loneliness.
It’s free, flexible, and open to anyone. Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01275 888 864.
Improve your wellbeing on two wheels
Being physically active is a great way to improve our overall health and sunny spring days are the perfect time to get outdoors and on your bike.
Being active outdoors helps you feel happier and more positive, feel better about yourself and is a chance to meet other people.
To help encourage local people to do this, a new wellbeing initiative has launched on the Strawberry Line cycle path.
Cycle Minded is a series of Covid-safe group cycle rides along the Strawberry Line path, leaving from the station at Yatton.
The rides will help you connect with other people, get fitter, connect with nature and more.
The first rides start on Thursday 22 April, at 10.30am and 11.30am. Bring your own bike or use one from the cycle hire station.
Find out more by calling 07983 816 426 or going online.