We all have different ways to keep ourselves well. Many people think about the ways they keep themselves well physically such as a healthy diet or keeping fit, but how often do we think about how we stay well emotionally?
We have found the Five Ways to Wellbeing a useful tool for planning activities that help us to stay well. You can choose any activity that you enjoy for each of the headings and plan it into your week. It’s the small things that can make a big difference.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Five ways to wellbeing…
Were developed by the Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation commissioned by Foresight’s Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project and based on research to consider how to improve everyone’s mental capital and mental wellbeing through life.
Download the Dudley Mind Five Ways to Wellbeing Leaflet here