On Friday 17th April 2020, Getahead will launch its first free virtual mental health and wellbeing festival that all are welcome to attend from the comfort of their own homes during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Social distancing doesn’t have to be lonely. Many of us are struggling with the fact that we are unable to see our loved ones in person, attend our usual fitness classes or grab a drink in the company of friendly strangers. This can take a real toll on our mental health and sense of wellbeing. However, Getahead has come up with a plan to up our togetherness whilst we are safely self-isolating.
What is Getahead?
Launched in June 2018, Getahead is an event organiser that has committed itself to a 25-year-long, not-for-profit plan to help a billion people get ahead without burning out in our ever-increasingly stressful world.
Getahead has announced an annual event that focuses on wellness and personal development, creating a community where it can bring together organisations, charities and people from within the health and wellness sphere to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, personal wellbeing and talking. In previous years it has partnered with the likes of Help Musicians, Ch4/4Mind, Nightline Association; this year Getahead has announced a new partnership with Speakers Collective. It has also teamed up with State On Demand, CBD Gummy Bears, TRIP CBD Canned Drinks, Real Kombucha and World of Zing bottled cocktails.
What will Getahead’s Virtual Festival entail?
The aim of the festival is to bring some fun, a little light relief but also some important life skills for coping with working from home, conversations about coping with stress and mental health at this time and also a well-deserved drink!
The festival will be split into three parts: Health in the morning; Development during the day; and Fun early afternoon. The morning will kick off with a workout class with Bodyweight D, who will be doing a simple workout class that the whole family (from toddlers to grandparents); the main aim is just to move and Bodyweight D want you all involved.
Nutritionist Le’Nise Brothers will be running a session on “How to Build Your Mental Resilience with Diet and Lifestyle”. She will also be talking about how to keep healthy during lockdown and ways to avoid the junk food cravings.
In the Development section there will be a talk from DJ and sleep scientist Tom Middleton on “Anxiety and Sleep – How to Break the Cycle”. Tom creates a lot of the music for the bestselling app Calm and will be helping guests understand more about the effect of anxiety on sleep.
Chevy Rough will also be talking about critical thinking and how it is so important at this time. His session will be on “How to Unlock Energy, Focus and Clear Thinking for the Road Ahead”.
On mindful drinking, Pritesh says,
“My journey in the drinks industry has always been flavour-led, and now more than ever, we’ve got an incredible opportunity to really connect with our drinks and create delicious cocktails with simple and unexpected ingredients. Taking this approach will naturally mean that we will probably drink less, but drink better drinks as we take time to appreciate the flavours and textures in the glass. Moreover, I hope to inspire people to be more resourceful with their ingredients to ensure we reduce waste during this challenging time.”
Guests can pre-order cocktails from his website to be delivered in time for the festival.
When is it, How do I get a free ticket and How do I Virtually attend?
The festival will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection and will be streaming on Friday 17th April from 10am to 5pm, and will encompass their three pillars of health, development and fun.