Better Mental Health & Wellbeing in 5 Easy Steps

Publish Date: 09/04/2013

 

Improved Health & Wellbeing in 5 Easy Steps

Mental health is often one of those things we don’t think about until we have a problem with it. It is something we all have, and in fact, couldn’t function without it, and just like our physical health.

We sometimes need a bit of help to get us back on our feet. In a study into how to improve mental wellbeing, it was claimed that just 5 simple actions, practised regularly can make a big difference to our emotional resilience.

To mark the start of Depression Awareness Week (15th April), we share these top tips with you. 

5 Top Tips

1. 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.

2. Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance.

Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, try new things to discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness means you’re more likely to stick at it.

3. Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends.

Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you, no matter how big or small.

4. Keep learning

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 to do.

5. Give

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 will create connections with the people around you.

Further Information & Support

If you need support and advice around your health and wellbeing call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email helpline@lgf.org.uk. You can also find out more about our range of Wellbeing Services here.

Want to know more? Why not join us on 23rd April, for BOOST, a new 6-week course here at our Community Resource Centre, which aims to give you a better understanding of your mood and wellbeing. Click here.