6 Ways to Wellbeing

Here you can read about the Six Ways to Wellbeing to help you improve your enjoyment of life, self-confidence and engagement with the world around you. 

To keep yourself well, both physically and mentally, follow these ways: 

1. Connect

Interacting with others helps us to feel connected, supported and part of a bigger picture in which we all play an important part.

Make time in your day or your week to connect with others, stay in touch, give and receive emotional support and share conversations and experiences. Being in touch with people who are positive can also change your perspective for the better. 

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.
2. Be Active 

Any activity that gets you moving or enjoying the great outdoors is good for wellbeing including walking, gardening, having a kickabout in the park or simply taking the stairs.

There are mood-boosting benefits to being active as well as health gains.

To make an activity work for you, make sure it’s one you enjoy and break it down into steps, building up over a few weeks or months. Finding an exercise buddy can also be motivating so consider sharing an activity with a friend.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work - perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.
3. Keep Learning 

Keep learning to gain self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

Learning adds to your skills and keeps your brain active, increasing your self-confidence and inspiring others.

People who continue to learn after leaving school have a greater sense of wellbeing, purpose and self-esteem, and, of course, it brings people who share the same interests together.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.
4. Give

Helping others can create positive feelings and boost wellbeing.

Helping others, whether through small acts of kindness or a regular commitment to volunteering, is proven to be good for mental wellbeing. If you have some time on your hands, there are many organisations that depend on volunteers - a regular slot will help you to build your social networks.

This Kindness Matters guide produced by the Mental Health Foundation also includes suggestions that may inspire you.

5. Take notice 

Being in the present moment can positively change the way you feel about life

Mindfulness is a technique that has been proven to help manage stress and promote wellbeing. Being mindful means staying in the present moment, being aware of your body and the physical world around you. This helps you in turn to let go of worries about what has passed or what may happen in the future. It can be a useful tool in developing a positive mindset and dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings, particularly at a time when the pandemic has created uncertainty and disruption.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Visit a new place for lunch.
6. Self-care

Self-care starts with looking after your health to make sure you stay well. See here for our page on self-care resources. 

For more information on the ways to wellbeing visit the Mind and Hants websites. 

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