Tips: 5 Ways to Wellbeing
Small improvements in our wellbeing can help to decrease some mental
health problems and also help us to get more out of life.
These 5 ways to wellbeing are proven to improve personal wellbeing.
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Where possible try to remove distractions from your bedroom.
It is better to watch TV, play computer games and eat in another room. This will allow you to relax with no distractions in your bedroom.
How about developing a nightly routine such as reading or listening to music.
It helps tell your unconscious mind that you are ready for bed.
What about avoiding caffeine and eating two hours before bed?
This can help you get to sleep.
If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.
We all get tired sometimes or overwhelmed by how we feel, or sometimes things don’t go to plan.
This week, how about making time to catch up with someone you care about.
Feeling close to, and valued by other people contributes to functioning well in the world.
How about, instead of watching TV or being on the computer - play a board game with someone.
Games can stimulate the mind and boost creativity.
You could find opportunities to volunteer.
Small acts of kindness towards other people can make you feel happier and more fulfilled.
Do you think you could try something new today.
Maybe taste a new food or travel a new route. These small steps can help you experience the world in a new way.
Why not treat yourself?
Do something you really enjoy to boost your wellbeing.
Have you thought about reflecting on what others can do to support you, and then letting them know.
Often other people want to be a support but don’t know how.
Have you considered telling a friend about a goal you want to reach?
See if they can help you get there. By allowing others to help not only increases the likelihood of you succeeding but can also strengthen your relationship.
Set a memory challenge, for example work towards remembering all the countries in Europe or recognising their flags.
This can also boost your confidence and occupy your mind in a positive and active way.
Today, how about walking a bit more that you usually would.
Evidence shows moods can improve after 10 minutes of exercise.
Next time it is sunny, how about you look up at the sky, close your eyes and feel the sunlight on your face.
Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin - associated with boosting mood and feeling calm and focused.
Tomorrow morning, what about spending a few minutes rotating your wrists, shoulders then ankles.
This will gently wake up your body.
Go outside and take some photos of something natural and beautiful.
Taking the time to notice the changing seasons will help you appreciate what you see.
Turn your phone off when trying to wind down before you go to bed.
Backlit displays suppress melatonin production – the hormone that helps you sleep.
Try a new sport or hobby, it’s never too late to try something new.
Exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.
Watch your alcohol intake.
Be aware of your own limits and take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.
Don’t compare yourself to other people.
If you value and accept yourself, you are more likely to have positive relationships with other people and find it easier to cope during difficult times in your life.
Offer to help someone with something.
Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Before bed tonight, you could try noting down your plans for the next day.
This way you won’t worry about forgetting to do things.
What about organising a time to meet a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
Building solid and varied social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth.
Why not cook something different today.
Learning can boost your self confidence.
Consider calling a friend.
It’s often easy to text or email, but talking is a great way to strengthen relationships.
Treat someone to something they really enjoy, to show them you care.
Committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
For your next meal, how about eating a little healthier than you usually would.
Eating more vegetables for example can make people feel happier.
How about making a list of things you enjoy.
Find a local group where you can meet people who share your interests.
Have you considered inviting a close friend or family member to be aware of your triggers?
Often those close to us can recognise things more easily than we can ourselves.
Go for a Swim!
Simply being immersed in water tends to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Exercising in water is a great way to build fitness and have fun.
What about trying mindfulness?
See if becoming more aware of your thoughts can help you. It can be challenging at first, but should gradually become enjoyable.
Think about someone you appreciate.
You could write down why they mean so much to you, then tell them how grateful you are to know them. Maintaining strong relationships can add to your wellbeing.
Try yoga, go to a class, or search on YouTube and do it at home.
There is a close relationship between physical health and mental health. Keeping fit can improve our mental wellbeing too.
Put your headphones on, play your favourite song and dance, hum, tap or sing along.
Singing can increase oxygenation levels in your blood stream but also reduce stress levels.
Cook a meal and invite someone over to share it. (Maybe ask them to bring dessert).
Connecting with others can help you feel more positive and supported, and by cooking a meal for them you can also make the people around you feel valued and cared for.
Make a plan for something to do everyday next week.
Become motivated by achieving your goals - however simple they are to begin with.
Find your balance of keeping busy and taking time out to relax.
It’s important to make time to relax, even if you don’t feel under stress.
If you find yourself with people that don’t make you feel good, consider meeting some new people.
Supportive, positive people can boost your self-esteem.
Open doors and smile for people.
When you feel good about giving to others you can enhance your own wellbeing as well as the person whose life you touch.
Have you tried exercising regularly?
It can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.
Maybe you could talk to a close friend or family member about how you’re feeling today.
Opening up and acknowledging your feelings can help you feel supported.
How about taking notice of sensations your body feels.
For example feeling the air on your face when you’re outside. This is the first step to mindfulness.
This week, how about learning a new craft or skill and gift your creation to someone you appreciate.
Giving to others can enhance your own wellbeing and learning something new can help boost your self esteem.
Perhaps do something relaxing - listen to music, have a shower or bath or go for a walk.
This may help you reduce stress.
Today, could you set yourself a new goal?
Consider what achieving it would mean to you and how you could stay motivated. Goals associated with a commitment to family, friends and social involvement can promote life satisfaction.
Learn more about something that interests you - take a book out from the library, discuss it or look it up online.
Learning can help boost your self-confidence.
When exercising be aware of when you breathe more deeply.
When you do, endorphins are released - a naturally occurring chemical that makes you feel good.
What about doing some simple stretches.
A small increase in your activity level can enhance your wellbeing.
Exercising in water is a great way to build fitness and have fun.
Regular physical activity is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing and lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Buy yourself a house plant.
This can increase the amount of oxygen in your home.
Staying hydrated is important as your brain is more than 70% water.
Drinking water ensures your body has the energy it needs to be active throughout the day.
Have a routine that includes preparing your brain and body for sleep, then setting a similar time each day to get up.
It will help you feel more energetic.
Try not to let other people’s ignorance of mental health affect you.
If you want to, you could try to help them understand.
Keep an exercise diary.
See your confidence and fitness develop.
Offer someone a compliment.
But keep it short and sweet, people can feel embarrassed by over-the-top compliments.
Create a goal for yourself based on one of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
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