We all have a sense of when we feel mentally and physically well. But sometimes we need extra support or a gentle nudge to look after our mental wellbeing so that we keep well.
The New Economics Foundation has assessed the latest scientific evidence and created a set of simple actions to improve mental wellbeing in everyday life. By adopting the five ways to mental wellbeing, you can increase your life expectancy by 7.5 years. And with one in four people today experiencing mental distress during their lifetime, there’s never been a better time to take your health into your own hands.
with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters. Keep learning…
Try something new.
Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Keeping track of my own mental wellbeing
So I decided to keep track these 5 ways on a weekly basis in my journal. It’s a work in progress at the moment but it’s amazing what a difference actually setting the goal to notice positive things makes – similar to a gratitude log – it means I am notice things that were probably there all the time but which I took for granted. And I have to confess – the satisfaction of filling in a box at the end of the week does provide added motivation!
Resources for you
Why not download my “Tips for Mental Health and Wellbeing” here (this link takes you to the Life Coaching Centre’s resources page)
Or you could come along to one of our Self Hypnosis courses – full details are here (this link takes you to the UK College of Personal Development’s courses page)