5 Ways To Wellbeing

5 Ways To Wellbeing

Did you know we have 12 free Mental Health Guides to read, download & print right here on our website? You can find them all here, but today we're focussing on the 5 Ways To Wellbeing guide. This guide is also available in physical format from the buzz Knowledge Service at Fallowfield Library. If you work in health and social care in Manchester you're welcome to pick up some of these from the library.

Good mental wellbeing helps you to cope better with life’s ups and downs.

Just as we aim to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables each day to improve our physical
health, there are also five things that we can do to improve our mental wellbeing.

These are:

1. Be active

Just ten or 15 minutes of physical activity a day can make a difference to your mental wellbeing. Go for a walk, or run, or cycle. Play a game or sport. Gardening and dancing are good exercise too. Find something that you enjoy and suits your level of mobility and fitness. It doesn’t mean you have to try to run a marathon or go to the gym every day.

2. Connect

Connect with people around you like your family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. If you’ve become a bit isolated, you may find it difficult to connect with people. You don’t have to throw a big party. Try to build a better relationship with just a few people to start with. It is worth spending some time and effort to build up your connections.

3. Give

Do something nice for someone, it could be a friend or a stranger. Some people find giving easy and find it harder to receive – whether gifts or compliments. It makes you feel good to give, and makes the other person feel good too. Thanking someone or giving them a smile could make their day. If you aren’t sure where to start, you could volunteer your time for an organisation or local group. Remember to give yourself some time and treats as well.

4. Keep learning

Try something new or pick up an old interest. Start a formal course to gain qualifications to help with a job or learn a new skill such as how to play a musical instrument. Learning can be hard if it feels like a chore. You may have had a poor experience of formal learning at school or college, so you could think about more informal ways of learning such as learning how to cook your favourite food or how to fix your bicycle. You can also learn from reading, listening to the radio or watching television.


5. Take notice

Be curious about what’s around you and about people. To take notice is to be in the present, in the here and now. It means being aware and mindful of your surroundings, and what is happening around you. It can mean pausing, even for a brief period, to spend some time in silence and notice the changing seasons, trees and plants. Be aware of your feelings and reflect on your experiences.

It’s about small steps, to build on what you may already be doing.

Check out the full guide here!

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