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Wellbeing

We’ve put together lots of tips for you to use to help you look after your mental wellbeing, as whether or not you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition, it’s important to look after your mental health, as you would your physical health. If you experience low mental wellbeing over a long period of time, you could develop a mental health problem.

 

Put simply, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, but 4 in 4 of us can look after our mental wellbeing!

 

In the same way you may physically be feeling “fit and healthy” or “ill and worn out”, our mental health can be high or low too. Following research by New Economics Foundation, evidence has suggested five “steps”, or “ways to wellbeing” that will support your mental health. Click on the links below for more tips and tools you can use to build a happier, healthier wellbeing.

Connect With Others

Evidence indicates that feeling close to, and valued by other people is a fundamental human need, one that acts as a buffer against mental ill health for people of any age.

Try to do something different today and make a connection with someone?

  • Talk to someone, instead of going online?
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Be Active

We know regular, physical exercise is associated with lower rates of anxiety and depression, but that doesn't mean you need to have intensive exercise and bootcamps to feel good.

Simple, slower-paced activities, such as walking, can be enough to boost your mood and wellbeing.

  • Take the stairs, not the lift?
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Take Notice

Being more aware of what's going on in the present, like "savouring the moment", can help enhance your well-being, your self-understanding and reaffirm your life priorities. 

Remind yourself to regularly "take notice" to strengthen your awareness, enjoy the moment and environment around you:

  • Have a 'clear the clutter' day
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Give

Research suggests that those who have an interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves happy.

You can give your time, money, skills, friendship - committing an act of kindness is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

  • Give your time to a local charity?
For more tips click here >

Keep Learning

By striving to always continue learning, it enhances our self-esteem and encourages social interaction. 

Being more involved in work or educational activities can help lift you our of depression.

Why not learn something new?

  • Try a new recipe?
For more tips click here >

Other Tips

As well as the Five Ways to Wellbeing, there are other tools, tips, activities and resources you can use to support you overall physical and mental wellbeing.

  • Eating Healthy
  • Accessing talking therapies
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Quitting Smoking
For more tips click here >

Twitter Tips

Your Stories

Have your own tips for how to support your wellbeing? Tweet us @SheffMHG or send us an email to share how you look after your own mental health.

Have a read of other people's stories for further inspiration on how to support your own wellbeing.

For more tips click here >
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