Five ways to wellbeing

There are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, coursmates and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. See suggestions about connecting for wellbeing.
  • Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. See suggestions about being active for wellbeing
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? See suggestions about learning for wellbeing
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. See suggestions about giving for wellbeing
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. See suggestions about mindfulness for wellbeing


Resource Description Details 
5 ways to wellbeing (Mind) Multicoloured brief summary of 5 ways Single page with a paragraph explaining each way
DPT 5 ways self help booklet Exploration of each way to wellbeing, examples and questions to aid self-reflection A5 booklet 20 pages
NHS - 5 steps to mental wellbeing NHS 5 Ways webpage 5 Ways to wellbeing on the NHS website, examples and relevant links to each

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