A better Medway

Most of us know what it feels like when things get tough. This could be money worries, family or work problems, illness or loneliness.

The good news is there are things we can do to cope better in times of stress – these are known as the 5 ways to wellbeing.

If built into our daily lives, the 5 ways to wellbeing can help you get through difficult times and get more out of life when things are going well.

The 5 ways to wellbeing

The 5 ways to wellbeing can’t change our circumstances, but they can help us deal with what life throws our way.


Connecting face to face with other people is an important part of boosting your mood and reducing social isolation.

You can do connect by:

  • going to social groups
  • meeting with peer groups
  • catching up with family and friends

For example, you could join a reader's group at your local Medway library or go to a local meet up.

Most importantly, never be scared to smile and greet new people.

Be active

Research has shown that being active can improve both your physical and mental health.

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

Take notice

Be aware of the good things around you and how you are feeling. Notice the changing seasons, catch sight of beautiful things and enjoy the moment.

Keep learning

Try something new, rediscover an old interest or join a community group.

Learning new things can be fun and help you feel more confident.

Adult education courses are a great way to keep learning, and our classes include:

  • arts and crafts
  • dance
  • cookery
  • IT

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Giving is a great way to make a difference to your life and other people's.

Give something extra at your place of work, whether it is a smile, a joke or making a cup of tea for a colleague.

At home, you could invite your friends over for a nice dinner, spend time with your partner and kids, or help elderly family members with gardening, cleaning, or by having a chat with them.

You could also volunteer in your local community and give your time to others.

Here to help

If you are finding life stressful and need some extra support and advice, then call the Mental Health Matters helpline.

You can call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 1070160 or free from mobiles on 0300 330 5486.