Five steps to improve your mental wellbeing

Based on an extensive review of the evidence, five simple steps were identified in the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project about how people can improve their mental well-being.

1. Connect.....
With the people around you.  With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  At home, work school or in your local community.  Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in them.  Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

2. Be active......
Go for a walk or run.  Step outside.  Cycle.  Play a game.  Garden.  Dance.  Exercising makes you feel good.  Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

3. Take notice.....
Be curious.  Catch site of beautiful things.  Remark on the unusual.  Notice the changing seasons.  Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends.  Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.  Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

4. Keep learning......
Try something new.  Rediscover an old interest.  Sign up for that new course.  Take on a different responsibility at work.  Fix a bike.  Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.  Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.  Learning new things will make you more confident as well being fun.

5. Give...........
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger.  Thank someone.  Smile.  Volunteer your time.  Join a community group.  Look out as well as in.  Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

For more information on the Foresight project go to:

www.foresight.gov.uk


RJCB
10/12/10