Well-Being – How often do you look after you? It’s common to take steps to look after your physical health.
By help, means it can be anything from exercising, eating well or even something as simple as brushing your teeth, but when did you last look after your mental well-being?
There are five steps known as the five ways to well-being.
Taking these steps and using them in your everyday life shown to have a positive impact on your mental well-being.
This article includes suggestions and examples for each step but, how you are applying them into your life that is up to you, So let’s dive into the five ways –
Five Ways of Well-Being
The first one is to connect with those around you. This can be done in so many different ways, but here are just a few examples.
You could join a social sports club, which is a great chance to meet new people. You can also check in on a relative or friend, give them a call or pop round the chat over a cup of thing go a long way.
Number two is all about being active in a way that suits you and that you enjoy.
You know the sport isn’t for everyone, so it’s important to find something that works for you. So instead of driving or getting a bus and if it’s possible why not to walk or cycle to your local shop.
We have some great country parks in Northamptonshire. So why not visit one on a weekend with your family or maybe you could join a family.
Swim Club on a weekend
Take notice and be mindful of your surroundings. This is one that many of us are guilty of not doing what could be so busy and taking a moment to engage with everything around you and taking the time to reflect is really important.
Mindfulness and meditation are good ways of doing this. Take part in the photo a day challenge, it can even be as simple as asking the question, are you okay today to a neighbour or relative or colleague.
Learn New Skills
The fourth step is learning new skills and developing yourself.
Even though studying a new course or qualification is one to consider.
It doesn’t always have to be something so big, going on to a new social or book cupboard friend. Taking up a new hobby or trying a new cooking recipe or all their new skills too.
Act of Kindness or Giving
Lastly, we have given this is all about giving what you can, whether it’s your time or simply a random act of kindness.
Giving isn’t just about donating money or fundraising. It can also include giving your time and support. This can be done by volunteering to help someone with their shopping or something as small as holding the door open for someone saying thank you, can go a long way too and that doesn’t take much at all.
So that’s it, the five ways to well being which you can use in your day to day life to help keep your mind healthy.
Hopefully along the way you’ve thought of something already that you can do to make a difference. However big or small it is, so share it with us and make your pledge today.
You can do this online where you’ll be able to see other pledges or like we said these suggestions may not be right for you.
So please do share your ideas too and join in the conversation by using the hashtag my well-being pledge you.