Five Ways to Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is the foundation for a positive outlook on life. Although it does not mean that we are happy all the time, it does mean that we are more resilient and able to cope with life’s inevitable ups and downs.

Evidence shows that there are five key elements which contribute to mental wellbeing. Here you can read about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and find further resources to help you improve your enjoyment of life, self-confidence and engagement with the world around you.

 

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Connect

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

Interacting with others helps us to feel connected, supported and part of a bigger picture in which we all play a valuable part.

Connecting with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and people around us is an important part of mental wellbeing. The quality of these relationships has an effect on our self-esteem and gives us a sense of purpose.

Make time in your day or your week to connect with others, stay in touch, give and receive emotional support and share conversations and experiences. Being around friends or colleagues who are optimistic and strong can also change your perspective for the better, leaving you feeling positive.

Here are a few ways in which you can connect with others and build stronger relationships:

  • Phone rather than just texting or emailing – the quality of the conversation will be more satisfying
  • Choose direct contact over social media
  • Plan ahead to meet friends and family and make a date to look forward to
  • Switch off the TV and have good conversations instead
  • Help out or volunteer at a community group, event, local school or organisation
  • Support others who need help or company
  • Revive friendships that have fallen by the wayside
  • Keep communicating and know when to ask for help

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Be Active

Build activity into your day to boost your mood.

Any activity that gets you moving or enjoying the great outdoors is good for wellbeing including walking, gardening, having a kickabout in the park or taking the stairs. There are mood-boosting benefits to being active as well as health gains.

In order to make an activity work for you, make sure it’s one you enjoy and break it down into manageable steps, building up over a few weeks or months. Finding an exercise buddy can also be motivating so consider sharing your activity or fitness journey with a friend.

Here are some resources to support you in taking the first steps:

  • Couch to 5K is an app that helps you to get started and achieve a manageable goal
  • Sign up to your local Park Run – here you’ll find people of all ages and fitness levels
  • The Energise Me website has all sort of tips on how to get active
  • Download Active 10, an app to help you to build activity into your day
  • Change 4 Life is a family and kids based activity programme to get the whole family moving
  • Search Walking for Health to find your local walking group
  • Visit Get Fit for Free for tips to get you started
  • Explore the great outdoors and get active in the beautiful Hampshire countryside

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Keep Learning

Keep learning to gain self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

Learning adds to your skills and keeps your brain active, increasing your self-confidence and inspiring others.

People who continue to learn after leaving formal education report a greater sense of wellbeing, purpose and self-esteem, and, of course, it brings people who share the same interests together.

Learning can take many forms from simple tasks to ambitious projects, but they can all be rewarding. Set yourself a goal. For some it might be tackling a new recipe or undertaking some training at work, for others it could be watching a documentary or rediscovering a hobby.

There are plenty of formal courses too through adult and community learning.

Your local library is full of useful resources and also runs events and classes where you can learn new skills.

Give to others

Helping others can create positive feelings and boost wellbeing.

Helping others, whether through small acts of kindness or a regular commitment to volunteering, is proven to be good for mental wellbeing.

If you have some time on your hands, there are many organisations that depend on volunteers and a regular slot will help you to build your social networks.

Hampshire County Council’s volunteering opportunities

Other local volunteering opportunities

Be Mindful

Being in the present moment can positively change the way you feel about life

Mindfulness is a technique that has been proven to help manage stress and promote wellbeing. Being mindful means staying in the present moment, being aware of your body and the physical world around you. This helps you in turn to let go of worries about what has passed or what may happen in the future. It can be a useful tool in developing a positive mindset and dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings. There are many books and audio resources for developing mindfulness which you can find at your local library.

More about mindfulness

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

Interacting with others helps us to feel connected, supported and part of a bigger picture in which we all play a valuable part.

Connecting with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and people around us is an important part of mental wellbeing. The quality of these relationships has an effect on our self-esteem and gives us a sense of purpose.

Make time in your day or your week to connect with others, stay in touch, give and receive emotional support and share conversations and experiences. Being around friends or colleagues who are optimistic and strong can also change your perspective for the better, leaving you feeling positive.

Here are a few ways in which you can connect with others and build stronger relationships:

  • Phone rather than just texting or emailing – the quality of the conversation will be more satisfying
  • Choose direct contact over social media
  • Plan ahead to meet friends and family and make a date to look forward to
  • Switch off the TV and have good conversations instead
  • Help out or volunteer at a community group, event, local school or organisation
  • Support others who need help or company
  • Revive friendships that have fallen by the wayside
  • Keep communicating and know when to ask for help
Build activity into your day to boost your mood.

Any activity that gets you moving or enjoying the great outdoors is good for wellbeing including walking, gardening, having a kickabout in the park or taking the stairs. There are mood-boosting benefits to being active as well as health gains.

In order to make an activity work for you, make sure it’s one you enjoy and break it down into manageable steps, building up over a few weeks or months. Finding an exercise buddy can also be motivating so consider sharing your activity or fitness journey with a friend.

Here are some resources to support you in taking the first steps:

  • Couch to 5K is an app that helps you to get started and achieve a manageable goal
  • Sign up to your local Park Run – here you’ll find people of all ages and fitness levels
  • The Energise Me website has all sort of tips on how to get active
  • Download Active 10, an app to help you to build activity into your day
  • Change 4 Life is a family and kids based activity programme to get the whole family moving
  • Search Walking for Health to find your local walking group
  • Visit Get Fit for Free for tips to get you started
  • Explore the great outdoors and get active in the beautiful Hampshire countryside
Keep learning to gain self-confidence and a sense of purpose.

Learning adds to your skills and keeps your brain active, increasing your self-confidence and inspiring others.

People who continue to learn after leaving formal education report a greater sense of wellbeing, purpose and self-esteem, and, of course, it brings people who share the same interests together.

Learning can take many forms from simple tasks to ambitious projects, but they can all be rewarding. Set yourself a goal. For some it might be tackling a new recipe or undertaking some training at work, for others it could be watching a documentary or rediscovering a hobby.

There are plenty of formal courses too through adult and community learning.

Your local library is full of useful resources and also runs events and classes where you can learn new skills.

strong>Helping others can create positive feelings and boost wellbeing.

Helping others, whether through small acts of kindness or a regular commitment to volunteering, is proven to be good for mental wellbeing.

If you have some time on your hands, there are many organisations that depend on volunteers and a regular slot will help you to build your social networks.

Hampshire County Council’s volunteering opportunities

Other local volunteering opportunities

Being in the present moment can positively change the way you feel about life

Mindfulness is a technique that has been proven to help manage stress and promote wellbeing. Being mindful means staying in the present moment, being aware of your body and the physical world around you. This helps you in turn to let go of worries about what has passed or what may happen in the future. It can be a useful tool in developing a positive mindset and dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings. There are many books and audio resources for developing mindfulness which you can find at your local library.

More about mindfulness