Looking after your wellbeing helps you to keep well, both physically and mentally. Wellbeing can mean different things to different people but it can be defined simply as ‘feeling good and functioning well’. It’s a term we hear a lot, so what exactly does it mean?
A few years ago the government asked this very question and commissioned the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to come up with a set of evidence based actions which make up wellbeing. The NEF defined it by five areas.
Engage with the people around you, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. This may be 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.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, garden, dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Find a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, 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.
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 favorite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will help you be more confident as well as being fun.
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 creates connections with the people around you.
Consider these ways to wellbeing as part of your five a day and try to incorporate each of them into your daily routine. By achieving a good level of wellbeing it helps you to be more resilient to stress, illness and other circumstances that put pressure on you. Building these things into your daily life doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult to achieve. Sometimes a smile, a kind word or a walk in the park is all it takes to boost your day.
If you need some help with your wellbeing you can get in touch with Bluesci Support. Bluesci Support have been commissioned to provide wellbeing services, within community social settings, across Trafford.