5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing
1. Connect with other people
Good relationships help with mental wellbeing. They can help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth. Take time out for your family each day if possible. Try switching off TV and playing with your children, friends and family.
They give you an opportunity to share positive experiences. Try to visit a loved one who needs your support and company.
Good relationships provide an emotional support and allows you to support others. Make most use of the technology to stay in touch with your loved ones. Volunteer at a local school, hospital or a community group.
2. Be physically active
Find free activities to help you stay active and fit. Evidence shows that being physically active can help raise your self-esteem. Set yourself small goals and challenges and try and achieve them.
3. Learn new skills
Learning new skills can help you build a sense of purpose, boosting your self-confidence and raising your self-esteem. Take a new responsibility at work, learn to cook a new recipe, consider learning a new trade skill or a new language. It is best to find activities that you enjoy and make them part of your life.
4. Give to others
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve mental wellbeing by creating a positive feelings and self of self-worth. It could be small things like saying thank you to someone who has done something for you. Asking friends, family and colleagues how they are and really listening to them. Volunteering in your community.
5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Being present in the moment or being mindful can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. Being present in the moment includes your thoughts, feelings, your body and the world around you. This can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
- NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing/
- Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/