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Six Ways to Wellbeing

Work on your wellbeing.

Social media is full of tips and advice on how to practice self-care, but an overload of information can seem overwhelming.  There is no ‘one size fits all’ way to do this.  We need to find what works for us, what brings us joy, or just helps us to find a few moments of calm in our day.

All of our community support programmes and training draw on the ‘Wheel of Well-being‘ which describes six ways to wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed by South London Maudsley and NHS Foundation Trust, these are simple, evidence-based ways to improve our moods, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even increase life expectancy. Here we look at some of our favourite way to achieve your Six Ways to Wellbeing.

1.       Connect – There is strong evidence that feeling close to other people is a fundamental human need that contributes to how we function in the world.  Social relationships are crucial for our wellbeing and resilience, and many of us will have welcomed the return of closer contact with our friends, family and colleagues.  A smile in the supermarket, a chat with a neighbour, or a text for an old friend can all brighten someone’s day – including our own.

2.       Be active – Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.  Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. Seated stretches, social strolls, golf, gardening, disco dancing or downward dog.  Make it your own!

3.       Take notice – Being present ‘in the moment’ brings many benefits.  Find beauty in your everyday surroundings.  Focus on  the right here right now, not yesterday or tomorrow.  Take time to notice how you’re feeling in the world today.  Mindfulness or meditation, grounding techniques, and breathing exercises can all help to increase our self-awareness and find pleasure in the present.

4.       Keep Learning – When it comes to being active, don’t forget your mind!  Challenging ourselves to learn or try new things can help to keep us healthy.  Read a book, take an online class, even watch a documentary on something you know nothing about.  Learning something new can help to boost our confidence and self-esteem.

5.       Give – People who like helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. An act of kindness just once a week is associated with increased wellbeing.  Donate to a food bank, volunteer in the community, send a note to a friend.  It’s rewarding for you as well.

6.       Care for the Planet – Look after your community and the world.  Most of us made changes during lockdown – less travel, cooking from scratch, reducing and reusing instead of replacing.  Small steps to a greener life can make a big difference to our sense of wellbeing.