Self-Care – Mental Health – 5 Ways to Wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental health, enabling people to feel happier, more positive and to get the most from life.
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is when you feel good and enjoy day to day life. The things that we do and the way we think affects our wellbeing. Each of the 5 ways to wellbeing can make a positive different to the way we feel. Being aware of and combining these will make a difference.
Feeling connected to other people is important. It can help you to feel valued and confident about yourself and can give you a different perspective on things.
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
How you can connect with others:
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.
Regular exercise doesn’t have to be very strenuous or sporty to be effective – to start with you could try gentle exercise like going for a short walk, yoga or swimming.
How you can be active:
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
How you can take notice:
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.
How you can keep learning:
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
How you can give:
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