Just as we are encouraged to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help maintain our physical health, we are also now being encouraged to incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into our everyday lives to help improve our mental health. The Ways to Wellbeing were published in 2008 by The New Economics Foundation after scientific evidence suggested that making a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems.
Throughout our website, you will find lots of hints and tips about how to improve your mental wellbeing, using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. On our Anxiety Page, you can read about what you can do for each of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in order to reduce feelings of anxiety or worry. These range from taking a different route to school (take notice) to taking the stairs instead of the lift (be active) and signing up for a new class (keep learning) to doing something nice for a stranger (give) and calling your friend instead of sending a text (connect).
During the global pandemic, we have all become increasingly aware of how important it is to connect with others and how we feel if we are not able to connect as we would like to. Where we would normally work with, bump into, chat to and socialise with many different people in just one day, we have had to actively seek this out via online apps, calls or texts. However, if this is not always easy for you or you do not enjoy a video call with a friend as much as you do enjoy hanging out with them in person, you are not alone.
Watch this video to learn a little more about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing