The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Lockdown is slowly being eased; however, stressful social distancing is not over yet. Please remember to look after yourself. Here are Five Ways to Wellbeing which you may find helpful:
- Connect. Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and key to our wellbeing. Reach out to family and friends through social media; text them; write a letter or postcard; or organise a virtual party.
- Be active. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety.1 So step outside; go for a walk or a run; cycle; join online yoga or dance classes; or find an online workout that’s for you.
- Be mindful. Strengthen your awareness by noticing the world around you and your feelings. This will enhance your self-understanding and allow you to appreciate what’s important to you.
- Learn. Learning something new or improving a skill gives you a sense of achievement and raises your self-esteem. Go on, challenge yourself and shut out the outside world for a bit.
- Give. According to research, committing an act of kindness is associated with an increase in wellbeing.2 Do something nice for a friend or a stranger; thank someone; volunteer your time; or join a community group.
You can also read more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing here: https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/five-ways-to-wellbeing-at-a-time-of-social-distancing
1. De Mello MT, Lemos Vde A, Antunes HK, Bittencourt L, Santos-Silva R, Tufik S. Relationship between physical activity and depression and anxiety symptoms: a population study. J Affect Disord 2013; 149(1-3): 241-246.
2. Curry OS, Rowland LA, Van Lissa CJ, Zlotowitz S, McAlaney J, Whitehouse H J Exp Soc Psychol 2018; 76: 320-329.