7 steps to wellbeing

Don’t wait until you are struggling with your mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

1- Find purpose and meaning in life 

Everyone finds meaning and purpose in different ways that involve benefiting others, as well as yourself. You may think of it as a way to feel needed, feel good about yourself, a purpose that drives you on, or simply a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

  • Caring for a pet – pets are a responsibility, but caring for one makes you feel needed and loved. There’s no love quite as unconditional as the love a pet can give. Animals can also get you out of the house for exercise and expose you to new people and places.
  • Spend some quality time with people who matters to you, whether they’re your children,  friends, grandchildren or elderly relatives
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3- Take notice 

Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

4- Sleep well 

If you lead a busy life, cutting back on sleep may seem like a smart move. But when it comes to your mental health, getting enough sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

5- Be more active 

Staying active is as good for the brain as it is for the body. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being. Physical activity also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that lift your mood and provide added energy.

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6- Stay connected 

We are all social creatures with emotional needs for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. This is why social connection is important, especially face to face.

7- Keep learning 

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. There are lots of activities that you can get yourself involved in, from joining local cookery classes, to attending a local woodwork/craft group.

Reframing unhelpful thoughts

Replace negative thoughts with more positive thinking.

Get help and support

Professional help 

Money and work worries

  • Worry and anxiety about everyday issues such as debt, unemployment and family issues?- get free advice
  • Help is available to get you back into work after a long period of unemployment- visit HeadsUp

Housing worries 

  • Visit the CAB website for information about renting or buying a home or just finding somewhere to live. You can also find advice on handling problems with your landlord and help to avoid losing your home. Get advice on applying for homeless help from the council.

Family worries 

Chronic illness

 

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