Nuffield Health has launched a series of free online emotional wellbeing classes.
The sessions will feature alongside workout classes and family content on its digital health and fitness platform, Nuffield Health 24/7.
The new service is in response to a Nuffield-commissioned YouGov poll that found more than half of people surveyed (52%) felt lockdown restrictions have had a negative impact on their mental health. Among those groups particularly impacted are women (59%), those aged 25-34 (66%) and households with children (57%).
The first series of classes include mindfulness, relaxation, stress management, muscle relaxation and deep breathing.
Additional classes launching in the coming weeks will cover how to integrate mindfulness into everyday activities, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing and mindful exercise.
‘During difficult times it is even more important to invest in our mental health. Our free online emotional wellbeing classes have been designed by clinicians, informed by evidence based psychological theories, as a step by step way to enhance mental and physical fitness,’ said Brendan Street, professional head of emotional wellbeing at Nuffield.
‘There are limits to what we can do due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19, but there is a lot we can do to adjust our mental response to these restrictions.’
In November, Nuffield reported a 7% jump in hospital revenue to £621.8m for the year ended 31 December 2019 but said it was expecting a significant shortfall in EBITDA performance as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.