We believe that being well is something you do, rather than something you are – so it’s important to be active.
We know that good mental health is not just about taking medication, it’s also about doing the things that you want to do, and connecting with the people that you want to be with.
- Sometimes we can feel isolated but it’s important to connect with the people who matter most to us, such as family members, friends, colleagues and the people who live in our community.
- Physical activity is important; it can play an important role in keeping our minds healthy. So it is important for all of us to be active. Being active can mean lots of different things to different people – we don’t all have to be active in the same way. It’s about finding an activity that we enjoy, whether that’s going for a walk, playing football, or taking up dancing, Tai-Chi, yoga or kick-boxing.
- Lifelong learning is great for our mental wellbeing. This doesn’t mean having to go back to school. We can take up an instrument, join a cookery class, have Polish lessons, start up a book group, and learn from each other.
- We can improve our mental wellbeing if we give to others. Giving to others can include volunteering with an organisation or a group, or it can be something as simple as helping the people around us.
- Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in recent times as it can have a very positive impact on mental wellbeing. Being mindful helps us to be present in the moment, which in turn can help us to manage the challenges life throws at us.
These five steps to mental wellbeing have been well researched, but they don’t have to be complicated. All of our services help people to identify activities that will support their wellbeing. The types of activities vary, because we are all different, but we have supported people to take up cycling, set up football groups, join gardening projects, and become volunteers.