Research has shown that the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ can help you to look after your mental wellbeing. Each action can fit into every day life and make a positive difference to how we feel.
Good social relationships help to promote positive wellbeing. Examples of how you can connect with the people around you include:
- Speak to someone new every day
- Communicate and listen to those around you. It can be as simple as asking how someone’s day is going.
- Say hello to your neighbour, colleagues, friends.
2. Be Active
Regular physical activity can help boost your mood and lower levels of depression and anxiety. Find an activity you enjoy that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
You could improve your level of activity by:
- Taking the stairs instead of the lift/escalator.
- Getting off the bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way.
- Taking your family to the park.
- Trying a new exercise class in your leisure centre.
- Parking further away at the supermarket.
3. Take Notice
Being aware of what is taking place around you, right here right now, can help to enhance your wellbeing. Take time to savour the moment to help you be aware of and reaffirm your priorities.
Remind yourself to take notice and:
- Listen to natural sounds, such as birds singing.
- Reflect on your day and experiences.
- Take a different route home.
4. Keep Learning
Learning something new can not only enhance your self-esteem but also keep you entertained.
Rediscover an old interest or learn something new such as:
- Booking onto a course to learn a new set of skills.
- Cooking a new food dish.
- Learning to play a musical instrument.
- Doing a puzzle or crossword.
Committing an act of kindness can increase your wellbeing and it may also enhance social interaction.
Why not try:
- Doing something nice for a friend or stranger.
- Joining a community group.
- Volunteering at a local charity shop.
- Give a compliment.
Find out more at www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/