Mental health is just as important as physical health and looking after your wellbeing could be something you’re forgetting about. So as today is World Mental Health Day we’re sharing these 5 ways to improve your wellbeing.
1. Connect with people face to face
Staying social has been identified as one of the key steps to promoting wellbeing. We all need to feel valued and connected to other people – and not just over social channels! If you have a busy life you may not have noticed that all your “connecting” is through your phone… so make sure you connect with the people around you and make time to chat to your friends and family.
2. Be active
Being active has so many benefits to both your physical and mental health, including calmer moods; more energy and reduced risk of depression. So make time in your day for keeping active, even if it’s as simple as going for a walk on your lunch break, taking the stairs more often or stretching out before work.
3. Be mindful
In other words, slow down! Take more notice of what’s happening in the moment and you’ll start to appreciate the little things that matter to you. Studies show that being present directly enhances your well-being and it can be enjoyable too! Take a different route to work or try a new dish for dinner, and take the time to savor the moment.
4. Learn something new
Join a class to learn a new skill, read a new type of book or simply research something you’re interested in. Regularly learning something new keeps your mind active and setting yourself goals improves confidence and wellbeing. Plus, you’ll know more too, and that can’t be a bad thing!
The charity Mind say that an act of kindness once a week is associated with an increase in wellbeing and happiness. That’s a great excuse (if you needed one) to do something nice for a friend, volunteer your time or do something positive for your community.