Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said, “The Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign is about how we can look after ourselves to improve our mental wellbeing and flourish. We are encouraging everyone to build the fives ways into their daily life to stay healthy and active, thereby becoming more resilient to life’s inevitable ups and downs.”
According to research, there are five ways to boost our mental wellbeing:
• connecting with others
• being active
• continuing to learn
• giving to others in your community
• being mindful
Councillor Stallard added, “In Hampshire there are many opportunities to get you started, for example, taking a walk in one of our country parks such as the Royal Victoria Country Park, either on our own or with family and friends. There are also lots of walking groups across the county who welcome new members, whatever your age or fitness. In addition, Hampshire has many volunteering opportunities – a great place to start looking for what’s available near you is the County Council’s volunteering web pages.”
The Five Ways are widely recognised as buffers against mental ill health, supporting people to age healthily and live independently for longer.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign enables people to develop their own resources to fit with their lifestyle, promote a sense of wellbeing and help them to stay well.