In 2008, nef (New Economics Foundation), an organisation promoting social, economic and environmental justice, developed the Five Ways to Wellbeing concept.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are evidence-based ways to help you improve your mental wellbeing.
Think of them as your “5 a day” for mental wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
- Keep learning
- Be active
- Take notice
Connect with the people around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours – at home, work, school or in your local community. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
2. KEEP LEARNING
Try something new or rediscover an old interest. Set yourself a challenge. Learn a new language. Try a new recipe. Learning new things can be fun and will make you more confident.
3. BE ACTIVE
Get out of the house. Go for a walk or a run. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Find an activity that you enjoy – one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
4. TAKE NOTICE
Be curious. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you to appreciate what matters to you.
Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Seeing yourself as linked to the wider community can be rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
Why not give these a try during RIAM Wellness Week?