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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. Read the full document.

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#TakeNotice Being in the moment, including just being aware of our thoughts, feelings, body and the world around us, can help us appreciate the little things, understand ourselves more and get the most out of being alive.

When in your day can you stop to notice what’s happening with you and around you?

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.

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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.

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What about avoiding caffeine and eating two hours before bed?

This can help you get to sleep.

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Why not treat yourself?

Do something you really enjoy to boost your wellbeing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Watch your alcohol intake.

Be aware of your own limits and take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.

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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.

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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.

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For your next meal, how about eating a little healthier than you usually would.

Eating more vegetables for example can make people feel happier.

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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.

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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.

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Make a plan for something to do everyday next week.

Become motivated by achieving your goals - however simple they are to begin with.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Perhaps do something relaxing - listen to music, have a shower or bath or go for a walk.

This may help you reduce stress.

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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.

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Buy yourself a house plant.

This can increase the amount of oxygen in your home.

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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.

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Try not to let other people’s ignorance of mental health affect you.

If you want to, you could try to help them understand.

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Create a goal for yourself based on one of the 5 ways to wellbeing.

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