Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.”
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
Connect with other people.
If possible, take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together. Make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart.
Be physically active.
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem and causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.
Learn new skills.
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint.
Give to others.
Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings, a sense of reward and giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth. It could be small acts of kindness towards other people such as saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you, or offering to help someone you know with a school project.
Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness).
Put simply, mindfulness is awareness. It is noticing our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and anything that is around us and happening right now. Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Heywood Health Visiting Team, Phoenix Center - 01706 676 708
Local Food Bank, 94 Adelaide St,Heywood OL10 4HE - 07396 071193 (Open Mon-Fri 10am - 12pm)
School Nursing Team - 01706 676710
More support and help organisations for parents and pupils are on the NHS web-site and in the parent support pack already texted out to parents – links below: