A better Medway

Evidence suggests that there are five actions that people can take to improve their own mental wellbeing. These are:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

Some people find it helpful to think of the '5 ways to wellbeing' as being the mental health equivalent of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. In the same way that eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can support us to keep a healthy body, regularly carrying out actions from the '5 ways to wellbeing' can support us to keep a healthy mind.

Below are some examples of actions that you can take for each of the '5 ways'. What will you do to add more of these actions into your daily life? Find out more about the 5 ways below..

Connect

Connecting face to face with other people will support and improve the way you feel every day. You could:

  • talk to someone new
  • have lunch with colleagues and friends
  • take a look at our Staying Connected guide, for over 55s

For example, you could connect with others by joining a reader's group at your local Medway library or going to a local meet up.

Be active

Exercise or increasing the amount of  physical activity can improve the way you feel.

Simple things like going on a health walk, taking dance classes or swimming can make a huge difference to your wellbeing.

Discover something you enjoy doing like gardening or flying a kite in the park. Lots more ideas can be found on the Get Active pages of the A Better Medway website.

Take notice

Take a few minutes to slow down, be in the moment, and be aware of the good things around you and how you are feeling. Some people call this mindfulness or meditation.

Find out more about mindfulness and how to practice it on NHS Choices.

Keep learning

Learning new skills can boost your wellbeing and confidence. Try something new, rediscover an old interest or take up a new hobby. Adult education courses are a great way to keep learning. Why not have a look at some of the activities on offer in Medway.

Find an adult education course

Give

Giving is a great way to make a difference to your life and other people's. Giving your time, support or skills to others is a rewarding way to improve how you feel in yourself.

You might want to volunteer in your local community and give your time to others. The Staying Connected guide also has ideas about where you could volunteer in Medway.

Audio guides to boost your mood

NHS Choices has a range of audio guides to help you boost your mood.

Support with your mental health

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