Five ways to wellbeing

There are a few simple things everyone can do to improve their wellbeing. They might not feel simple if you are in difficulty though but it's worth exploring them to help you feel more positive.

These five ways to wellbeing have been developed by the New Economics Foundation in their work to improve the lives of people and communities:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

NHS – Five steps to mental wellbeing provides more information.

Connect

Having a good relationship with your friends, family and community are really important for your mental wellbeing. Try to do something today to connect with those around you, such as:

  • speak to someone new
  • don't send an email, phone them instead or arrange to meet face-to-face
  • offer to drive a colleague to work and really take the time to talk and listen during the drive
  • join a new group in your community where you can meet new people. You can search for voluntary and community groups in the VAL Online Directory

Be active

Being active is great for physical health and fitness but it's also a great way to look after your mental wellbeing too. Being active isn't all about going to the gym and pushing yourself as hard as you can:

Take notice

We're all guilty of rushing around in our daily lives and not taking much notice of what is around us. Paying more attention to your own thoughts and feelings, in the present moment and the world around you, can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some ways to take notice of what is around you are:

  • walk a new route to work
  • get off of the bus a stop early
  • put your phone away when you're out and about
  • when it's a nice day sit outside, without your phone, radio, TV and pay attention to what you feel, see, smell and hear

You can complete the NHS mood self-assessment to check your mood.

Mindfulness is another approach to taking more notice and being more aware of ourselves; and is proven to improve wellbeing. It can help us to slow our thoughts down, become more aware of how we're feeling and be more present. Be Mindful provides more information about mindfulness.

You can download the following apps on your phone. They'll help you to take a moment to take notice and through guided meditation you'll learn how to do this yourself.

Keep learning

Learning something new is a great way to develop your skill set, improve your confidence and self-esteem and also improve your mental wellbeing. Try something new today such as:

Give

People often say that giving and supporting other people makes them feel good inside. Small acts of kindness or regular volunteering in your community are great ways to give you a sense of purpose. You can try:

  • set yourself a random act of kindness to do each week
  • sign up to be a volunteer with Voluntary Action Leicestershire Volunteering - they have lots of opportunities locally for people with lots of different interests
  • timebanking – if you live in Leicestershire and don't want to commit to formal volunteering this is the perfect way for you to give your time to help people in your community. For every hour of time you give you get an hour's time credit to request someone else's time and skill. Time 4 Leicestershire provides more information