Five steps to wellbeing
During these uncertain times, it is normal to face challenges to both our mental and physical health.
There are five key areas of wellbeing:
- Connecting with other people
- Keeping active
- Taking notice
Connect with others
Whilst it is important to physically distance now, there are other ways in which we can effectively communicate – social media, phone calls, video calls, and writing to one another.
These are all ways to reduce the loneliness that can arise from social isolation. Ensure regular contact is established with loved ones and work colleagues daily.
Regular movement and physical activity are associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Try to continue with work routines as much as you can and incorporate other activities in your spare time. These could include new or existing hobbies, arts and crafts, online exercise or any other meaningful activities.
Ensuring you maintain a routine is important, including waking up, showering, eating healthily.
Take notice of your surroundings, focus on your five senses; notice your environment, what can you see, smell, taste and feel?
Continued learning can enhance our sense of wellbeing and encourages goal setting and a sense of achievement.
Read books, complete crosswords, research new things, undertake DIY, or even a new hobby.
If you have spare time, think about giving. Check in with friends, family members, or neighbours.
Volunteer in the local community to help those around you.
Try to implement some aspect of these five ways to wellbeing in your daily life and see how it makes you feel!
Non-urgent advice: Stay well
Whatever you are doing, remember to take the recommended health advice to stay well physically.
For more ideas, visit Mental Health Matters’ guide to Mental wellbeing while staying at home.
Page last reviewed: 21 June, 2021