There are lots of different ways to support your own health and wellbeing. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing provides a foundation of 5 practical ways than can help you to feel more positive.
The 5 Ways are:
- Be Active
- Take Notice
The poster below has more details on each of the 5 Ways and we've pulled together some ideas that you can use.
Getting Active and staying active can have a real positive impact on your mental wellbeing, even as little as 10 minutes brisk walking can make a difference. Key is finding something that you enjoy doing and include a mix of activities.
Connecting is all about developing and growing your social relationship, helping you to build a strong support network around you. During lockdown these relationships are especially important. Try making use of technology to video call family and friends to check in and see how they are doing. Or ringing those family members who do not have access to technology.
Use technology to get creative when spending time with family and friends, try playing board games, having dinner together or may be start a virtual book club. If you live with others consider making a fixed time when you do things together such eating lunch.
In line with government guidance you can currently meet with one other person for exercise. For more information on this guidance visit the Gov.uk website
Volunteering your time to help others can help you feel happier and more connected to your local community. Volunteering can take as much or as little time as you like and even simple acts of kindness can make a big difference.
Learning new skills or refreshing old ones can help to focus your mind and provide some structure to your day. New skills could come in many different forms, learning languages, a course you've always wanted to take, tackling puzzles. It's also an opportunity to get creative, you could try things like colouring books, painting, going for a photo walk using your mobile, dancing, knitting, sewing, singing and many more.
Taking notice is all about reminding yourself of the small things in life. It's about starting to think mindfully and reflecting on the environment around you. Small things can make a big difference.
Consider reviewing your workspace and see if you can declutter it or freshen it up with simple things, like a houseplant. Consider a mindful journal or downloading an app (there are many paid or free apps that can be used) to take some time reflecting how your feeling and learning how to practice mindfulness.