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Five steps to mental wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

1. Connect – connect – connect

Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

Useful links

Housing Care - Companionship and befriending service in Worcestershire (opens in new window)

NHS - Connect for mental wellbeing (opens in new window)

2. Be active

You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Take a look at the Move more and get active page for more information.

Useful links

NHS -  Get active for mental wellbeing (opens in new window)

Worcestershire County Council - Walks and Rides (opens in new window)

3. Take notice

Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Useful links

NHS - Mindfulness for mental wellbeing (opens in new window)

NHS - Mindfulness Classes (opens in new window)

4. Keep learning

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?

Useful links

NHS - Mental Wellbeing (opens in new window)

Worcestershire County Council - Schools, Education and Learning (opens in new window)

5. Give

Even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

Useful links

NHS - Give for mental wellbeing (opens in new window) 

Worcestershire County Council - Volunteering (opens in new window)

Downloads

5 Ways to Wellbeing Leaflet

Last updated: 11 December 2017