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Staying Healthy

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and looking after your physical health is a great way to improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

For example, eating regularly and having a good sleep pattern help you physically but they also help balance the chemicals in your brain which impact on your mental health. 

Having a consistent routine can help give structure to your life. This helps both your physical and mental health as your body can begin to know what to expect and follow and react to such routines. Having breakfast, lunch and dinner at the right times will help your body to fit into a routine. As does going to bed and getting up at the same time.

What can I do to look after my physical health?

Eating a healthy and balanced diet will have a great impact on both your physical and mental health.

Find more advice about eating healthily on our Eating page.

A good sleep routine will help you feel more energised and able to cope with the pressures of daily life.

Find out more about why sleep is important and how to improve your sleep routine on our Sleeping page.

There are many benefits to being active from improving our physical health, releasing feel good endorphins and often giving us the opportunity to connect with others. All of these can greatly help us stay healthy.

Find out more about the benefits and helpful tips for being active on our Be Active page.

What can I do to look after my mental health?

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

Mindkit have provided ideas for each of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing if you have 1 minute, 1 hour or more time to spare! Click on the icon below to give it a go!

The Devon Partnership Trust have put together a 5 Ways to Wellbeing While in Isolation Pack with ideas for activities and space for reflection that you can complete yourself. Click on the icon below to check it out!

Youth Link Scotland have put together a bank of resources for both young people and professionals. The Wellbeing Pizza, created by The 2nd Paisley Abbey Scout Group, is an interactive resource to help young people understand wellbeing, with three simple activities to help you discuss all the factors that contribute to a balanced sense of wellbeing. It’s tasty, too!

More information about the 5 steps to wellbeing from the NHS.