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Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month or year to year.

Feeling happy, undoubtedly , is part of mental wellbeing. However, the deeper meaning of wellbeing is all about living in such a way that is good for us and others around us.

In fact no-one can give wellbeing to you, it's you that has to take actions. Here are five simple ways that can help you achieve mental wellbeing.

Connect

Spend some time in developing relationships with your family, colleagues and neighbours and try connecting with them. The key message of Connect is that giving time and space to both strengthen and broaden social networks is important for wellbeing for the individual and the community.

Be active

Find an activity that appeals to you the most and make it part of your routine. It may include cycling, playing football/netball, going to the gym, swimming, walking, running etc. Evidence suggests that physical activity can increase self-belief, the ability to cope with difficult situations and provide a sense of mastery. It can also have the benefit of encouraging social interactions. Moderate exertion three to five times a week can significantly reduce symptoms of depression, but improvements can also be seen from single bouts of exercise of less than 10 minutes.

Keep learning

Learn new skills as it gives a sense of accomplishment and confidence. You could learn to play an musical instrument, take up painting or pottery, or whatever appeals to you. Undertake an educational course. It has also been shown to be effective in preventing depression in later years. Adult learning in particular includes elements of goal setting, which is strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Give to others

A smile, a ‘thank you’ or some other kind words all count. Large acts such as volunteering at the local community centre can also help building new social network, and ultimately your mental wellbeing. Giving is important for all age groups. It helps develop strong social cognition in children, sense of purpose and self-worth in adults and particularly older people who have left the workforce and have time to offer.

Take notice

Take notice of the present moment, feelings, thoughts, your body or the world around you. “Mindfulness” can positively change the way you feel about like and how you approach challenges. Specific approaches that have been shown to enhance wellbeing include gratitude, forgiveness, reflection and the development of meaning.

For more information see

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxietydepression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx

http://www.mind.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/low-mood-stress-anxiety.aspx

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