5 Ways to Wellbeing
There are plenty of things that you can do to stay well and look after your mental health and well-being. The Government Office for Science produced a large report on the evidence for how best we can do this. They have found that there are 5 things we could all do each day that can improve our mental health and wellbeing, levels of happiness and life satisfaction.So what do you think? Give them a try and see if they work for you. If they aren’t all your cup of tea have a think about what works for you.
We all know that a little more activity is good for our physical health but did you know it is also really good for your mental health. Being just a little bit more active can help boost our energy levels, relieve stress and lift our mood. Regular exercise has been proven to be just as effective as a mild anti-depressant for those who are feeling low.
Here is a list of things you could do to boost your activity levels without breaking the bank.
• Getting Manchester Moving is a website full of great ideas on how to be more physically active.
• The Green Corridor is a walking circuit made up of 14 routes connecting many of the green spaces throughout Manchester.
• Manchester Community Health Trainers can help you to become more physically active and give you tips and ideas on how to lead a healthier life.
• Zest have a range of activities set up across the north of Manchester
• Physical Activity and Mood is a self help guide full of information all about different ways to be active within Manchester
We all need to have people in our lives to build relationships with, socialise with and share our lives with. Developing relationships with your family, friends, people at work, your neighbours and people in communities will enrich your life and bring you support. We are not designed to be lonely creatures and being alone can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
Why not have a look into different groups and events going on in your area to connect with those around you. Find out about local events through these links:
• Your local library is a great source of information about activities and groups.
• Social Circle is a free website full of ways to meet likeminded people near you.
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding. It makes them feel good and you too. There are many ways we can give to others.
• Help a neighbour you know is doing some DIY
• Offer to walk a friend's dog if you know they are not well
• Give a listening ear to someone you think might need it
• Smile at others when walking down the street
• Check if an elderly neighbour needs anything from the shop when you are going for yourself
• Use your culinary skills to help out at a local bake sale you know is being held
There are many things we can do to give a little of our time to help others who need it. It will make those we help feel important and give us a sense of pride and achievement in ourselves.
Volunteering is another way to do this. It is a great way to meet new people and
gain new experiences.
• www.do-it.org.uk is an excellent website which contains lots of information about volunteering.
• The Community Service Volunteers also offer advice and information about volunteering.
• Manchester Community Central has lots of opportunities for people to learn new skills and be trained to become a volunteer.
We can all learn something new no matter how small we think it may be. Taking up a new hobby or re-learning a skill we knew years ago keeps our brain active and is really good for helping our wellbeing. There are many things set up across Manchester that encourage learning along with being social and meeting new people. Why not give them a go and see what new things you could pick up along the way to keep your brain active. Here are just a few ideas on where to make a start
• The Manchester College has a range of courses for people of all age groups who may wish to re-train into a new career or take up a new hobby. Whatever your interests they could have just the course for you.
• Manchester Community Central has numerous courses to help people access volunteering and develop new skills
• My Gardening School offers a range of online courses for beginners to amateur gardeners
• Start2 is a site packed with ideas on how to be a little more creative and learn new skills
We can all sometimes walk round with our heads down, only paying attention to what we need to get done and not really lifting our heads up to see all the different things around us. By taking a little more notice of our surroundings and appreciating some of the things we have in our lives can have a really positive impact on our wellbeing. When you are out and about around Manchester why not lift your head and have a look at your surroundings. Visit the green spaces in Manchester more and take notice of the change in seasons. Turn the telly off at tea time and take notice of what your family did during the day.
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