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5 ways to improve your mental wellbeing 🧠

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5 ways to improve your mental wellbeing –

Introduction πŸ‘‹

These days, it can be common to feel low, and struggle with your mental wellbeing.

According to MIND, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.

Among challenges like:

  • the COVID-19 pandemic 😷
  • cost of living crisis πŸ’Έ
  • the loneliness epidemic πŸ₯Ί
  • pressure from school πŸŽ“
  • pressure from work πŸ’Ό

it can be really common to feel things like:

  • loneliness πŸ˜”
  • anxiety
  • stress 😬
  • frustration
  • sadness πŸ₯Ί
  • depression
  • low self-esteem πŸ˜₯

Did you know, the National Health Service in the UK have listed 5 evidence-backed steps you can follow, to improve your mental wellbeing?

Here are our top 5 steps to improve your mental wellbeing. 🧠

1. Get active πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

You’ve probably heard this one already, but it’s true!

Getting active can have a huge impact on how positive you feel. β˜€οΈ

One of the best ways to get into the habit of being active is to make it fun.

There are lots of fun ways to get active like:

  • dog walking πŸ•
  • walking with friends πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘
  • trampolining 🦘
  • rock climbing πŸ§—β€β™€οΈ
  • hiking 🏞️
  • treasure hunts πŸ—ΊοΈ
  • escape rooms πŸ”’
  • gardening 🌱
  • playing games πŸ“
  • dancing πŸ’ƒ

2. Focus on “right now” ⌚

As humans we tend to spend a lot of time worrying about the past and future, which stops us from enjoying what’s happening “right now”.

So – why not spend some time enjoying right now?

You can do things like:

  • Meditating πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ
  • Writing journals about the things you’re grateful for ✍️ (20 ways to practice gratitude πŸ™)
  • Focusing on your senses and experiencing them – what can you smell, see, touch, hear, taste? πŸ‘…
  • Enjoying the moment and doing things you love – going on walks, hanging out with friends, eating delicious food πŸŽ‰
  • Paying close attention to how you feel πŸ’”
  • Trying new experiences πŸ§—β€β™€οΈ

3. Connect with people🀝

Your relationships and the people around you can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. 🧠

Good relationships and feeling connected to other people can improve your mental wellbeing, making you feel feel happy, confident, safe, and supported. πŸ₯°

On the other hand – relationship struggles can damage your mental wellbeing and make you feel sad, insecure, unsafe, and unsupported. πŸ’”

To connect to others, you could do things like:

  • regularly make an effort to see friends and family
  • organise social events
  • try to meet new people and broaden your social circle
  • take time to talk to the people you see day-to-day and learn about them
  • start a new hobby, and connect with people who do that hobby too
  • build upon and improve your existing relationships
  • replace bad relationships with healthier new ones
  • reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while

How to make new friends πŸ₯°

19 ways to stop arguments from exploding πŸ’£

133 ways to make someone feel special πŸ’–

How to make a good first impression πŸ‘‹

4. Learn new skills πŸ› οΈ

Learning and achieving new things can make you feel amazing, and make a huge difference to improve your mental wellbeing.

So – get your learning cap on, and try doing something new!

You could try something like:

  • Doing an online course
  • Getting creative – making art, crafts, music, writing stories, cooking – creating things! 🎨
  • Learning how to fix things e.g. repairing clothes, fixing a broken bicycle
  • Trying out a new instrument e.g. ukuleles can be relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of free tutorials online 🎸
  • Learn to cook a new recipe
  • Set yourself a challenge πŸ§—β€β™€οΈ

5. Give to others 🎁

It’s common to feel low when you don’t feel needed or don’t have a purpose in life.

Helping others can be a huge way to connect to others and improve your mental wellbeing.

You could do things like:

  • volunteer for a charity
  • smile when you pass people in the street 😊
  • make crafts e.g. cakes, jewelry and give them away as gifts
  • surprise someone with a gift 🎁
  • think of creative ways to cheer people up when they’re down
  • ask people more questions – it makes them feel really good about themselves! 🎀
  • give someone a compliment
  • do litter picking πŸ—‘οΈ
  • raise money for a good cause

104 ideas to help your community 🌎

133 ways to make someone feel special πŸ’–

Conclusion πŸ‘

So that’s it!

To improve your mental wellbeing, you can:

  1. Get active πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ
  2. Focus on β€œright now” ⌚
  3. Connect with people🀝
  4. Learn new skills πŸ› οΈ
  5. Give to others 🎁

If you know anyΒ friends or family membersΒ who might benefit from learning about how to improve your mental wellbeing, share this post with them!

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