Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
- Connect with other people
Good relationships are very important for your mental wellbeing. if possible, take time each day to be with your family and friends, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together, arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while or try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your family. All of these activities strengthen relationships and in turn help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth.
- Be physically active
Being active is great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also suggests it can improve your mental well-being by raising your self-esteem and helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them. Physical activity causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.
- Learn new skills
Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life. Some of the things you could try include:
- learning to cook something new. Find out about healthy eating and cooking tips.
- Work on a DIY project, such as fixing a broken bike, garden gate or something bigger. There are lots of free video tutorials online
- Try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint.
- Give to others
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing. Some examples of the things you could try include:
- Saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you.
- Being there for your friends, family or colleagues when they need you.
- spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company.
- Volunteering in your community, such as helping at a school, hospital or care home.
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.