For all of us the current global situation has brought about some changes to the way we live day to day, how we work and how we spend our free time.
For many these changes have left us feeling less optimistic, less positive and a little more anxious. There is something we can do to help relieve these feelings and to take care of our wellbeing.
The 7 Ways to Wellbeing is a set of behaviours which have been proven, through extensive research worldwide, to be effective building positive wellbeing. Like physical fitness, you can strengthen your psychological health in lots of small ways every day. This will help you cope with the stresses that this changing situation brings. Our 7 Ways to Wellbeing program introduces you to simple and effective tips to improve your psychological and emotional health.
Like physical fitness, you can strengthen your mental health in lots of small ways from day to day. This will help you cope with the stresses that this changing situation brings.
Make time to connect with people, family, friends and neighbours. This could be through phone or video calls, by posting a card or letter or even driving by with a wave. We can practice physical distancing but stay socially connected to those we love and care about.
It’s a great time to brush up on an old skill or revisit an old hobby. If you have a computer you could take an online course, tutorial or video. If not then, perhaps you could read a book or learn to paint or draw.
Go outside and stand in the garden, notice the changes around you. Dig in the soil, pull up some weeds, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and listen to the sounds around you, hear the birds, the wind, the traffic and your own heartbeat. Mindfulness is a good way to reconnect with yourself and improve your wellbeing.
With plenty of open space and coastal paths, you can take a walk outdoors. Exercise produces endorphins which build positive feelings. It is important for our mind and body to be active. A daily walk is a great way to exercise and stay connected to your neighbourhood. You can be active at home as well – throw a ball with the kids, dance around the house or enjoy one of our live streamed exercise videos.
It’s been proven – helping others helps us to feel good! Give your time, talent and energy to family, friends and others in your community. Some people are feeling a little alone right now, so have a think about how you could help those around you. Assistance with shopping, preparing a meal or providing transport to medical appointments are all great ways to do something safe and simple for someone else.
Eating well nourishes our body and mind. Food fuels us and provides energy, improved sleep and concentration. If your routine has changed, make sure you schedule times to eat and stay hydrated with water. Eat fresh foods including fruit and vegetables. You might like
We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep. Poor sleep health has a direct effect on our mental health and immune function. We become less able to fight infection and function well. Over time, lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep amplifies depression and anxiety. Go to bed at the same time each night, have your bedroom dark and cool, turn off the TV and other screens an hour before bedtime and read a book instead. Try to avoid caffeine after dinner and going to bed on a full stomach.