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Evidence suggests there are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
The five ways are:
Here are some ideas and suggestions about how you can introduce the five ways to wellbeing into your everyday routine.
Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others.
Connecting with others can:
Here are some suggestions for connecting:
We know that there’s a link between staying active and positive mental health and wellbeing. Being physically active causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.
By regularly engaging in some form of exercise we can look after our mental and physical health at the same time. But do not feel that you have to spend hours in a gym. It's best to find activities you enjoy and make them apart of your life.
Here are some ways to become more active:
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Taking notice of things we’re grateful for, big or small, is a great way to boost our mood and appreciate our surroundings.
Here are some suggestions around taking notice:
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life. Here are some ideas to keep learning:
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:
It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.
Some examples of the things you could try include: