The Training Centre
By Aspire
Jul 19 22

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Phillippa Butterworth

The Foresight Project has created a Five Ways to Wellbeing guide, to take care of your mental health, modelled on the 5 A DAY healthy eating campaign.  Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish.  Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of five simple evidence-based actions which can improve wellbeing in everyday life.

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 developing them.  Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

2. Be active… Swap your inactive pursuits with active ones.  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; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

3. Take notice… Be curious.  Catch sight of the beautiful.  Remark on the unusual.  Notice the changing seasons.  Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, 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 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 as being fun to do.

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, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.