Today marks World Mental Health day, with one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem at any given time, it has never been more important to look after your own mental health and the wellbeing of those around you.
We want to encourage people to follow five simple steps to wellbeing, as well as providing information about how people can access support if they need it.
What are the 5 steps to wellbeing?
Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing:
- Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
- Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
- Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
- Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
There are lots of organisations that can help support you, don’t suffer in silence and if you think you need to talk to someone there are lots of organisations who can support you. Find some of the organisations listed in our directory here:Search our Directory