Improve your emotional wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing:

1. Connect

Connect with the people around you. Connect with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. You can:
  • find out about community events happening in your local area and join in
  • connect with other people in the local community by joining our neighbourhood Facebook groups and discussing local issues - join a social network

2. Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, spend time in the garden, or go dancing. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness: You can:

3. Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual and notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you. You can:

4. Keep learning - try something new

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. You can:

5. Give or help others

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone, smile or volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.  You can:
  • make a difference to your community and volunteer

Find out more

NHS choices has lots of information on improving your mental wellbeing including a video explaining the five steps: Five steps to emotional well being with NHS choices