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5 positive steps towards improving your wellbeing….

Mental Health can be difficult and frightening experience for tblog_1he person affected and the people involved.

Leading mental health charity mind are on hand to provide advice on the support systems available for you or someone you may know who is going through a difficult time.

Their website http://www.mind.org.uk/ provides a wealth of information and support, such as approaches to improving general wellbeing and access to real life stories of those battling with mental health issues.

The New Economics Foundation has researched and developed 5 steps to improving your wellbeing:-

Connect:

There is strong evidence that indicates that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing:
With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

Be active:-

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety and is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. Today, why not get physical:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

Take notice:-

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Visit a new place for lunch.

Learn:-

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.

Give:-

Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Commit to an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period to increase your wellbeing.

You can find out more information about the five steps by visiting this link:
http://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/

 
 

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