Mental health

Take 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

1 . Connect. Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.  Try do something different today to make a connection. Here are some ideas to help:

  • Set aside ‘’sacred time’’ to connect with someone
  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new or rekindle an old friendship
  • Ask how someone is doing and really listen

2. Be active.  Physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all ages. It doesn’t have to be intense activity, it can include gardening, going for a walk, or going cycling. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Currently, we at the well team are hosting FREE online exercise classes for you to benefit from. Click here for more info.

 3. Keep learning. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, set up a book club,  learn a new language, or find out how to build that shelf.  The practice of setting goals, which is related to learning, has been strong associated with higher levels of well-being.

4. Give to others. Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

5. Take notice. Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Add a plant to your workspace
  • Have a ‘’clear the clutter’’ day
  • Meditate

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