Most of us know what it feels like when things get tough – whether that’s 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 things like:
- go to social groups
- peer groups
- catch 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.
Research has shown that being active can not only improve your physical health, but also your mental health. Simple things like going on a health walk, meditating, dance classes and swimming can make a huge difference on your wellbeing.
Be aware of the good things around you, and of how you are feeling. Notice the changing seasons, catch sight of the beautiful and enjoy the moment.
Try something new, rediscover an old interest or join a community group.
Learning new things can be fun and will help make you feel more confident. Adult education courses are a great way to keep learning, and our classes include:
- arts & crafts
Giving is a great way to make a difference in your life and others.
Give something extra at your place of work, whether it is just a smile, a joke or making a cup of tea for a colleague once in a while.
At home, you could invite your friends over for a nice dinner, spend time with your spouse and kids, or help elderly family members with gardening, cleaning, or simply 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 1070160 or free from mobiles on 0300 330 5486.