Five Ways to Wellbeing, an online resource, has now been updated and expanded with information, tips and further resources to specifically address the challenges created by the lockdown and its aftermath.
Councillor Judith Grajewski, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said, “We recognise it has been a very difficult time for many and for some, this may have been the first time they have experienced difficulties - so now, more than ever, it is vital to look after your mental health. The Five Ways to Wellbeing online resource offers simple and proven actions to boost your mental wellbeing and help you become more resilient when life gets tough.”
According to research, there are five ways to look after our mental wellbeing:
• connecting with others
• being active
• continuing to learn
• giving to others in your community
• take notice
Councillor Grajewski added, “We are encouraging everyone to build the five ways into their daily life to stay healthy and active and in Hampshire there are many opportunities to get you started. This could be by connecting with people around you via online chat or a socially distanced walk in one of our country parks such as Queen Elizabeth Country Park. In addition, Hampshire has many digital learning opportunities to keep your brain active, increase your self-confidence and inspire others – a great place to start is looking for what’s available on the Keep Learning section of the online toolkit.”
The Five Ways are widely recognised as buffers against mental ill health, supporting people to age healthily and live independently for longer. The site provides a range of different solutions according to whether you have five minutes or longer and can be tailored to suit your situation.
If you are struggling with your mental health and need help urgently, the site also links to available support.