5 Steps To Mental Wellbeing

Trying these 5 steps could help to improve your mental health and wellbeing, helping you to feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.


Connect With Other People

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing, they can help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth. They can also provide emotional support and allow you to support others.

There are lots of things you could try to help build relationships:

  • Take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together or play a game together
  • Have lunch with a friend (when restrictions allow)
  • Make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family

Be Physically Active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. It can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem, and causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.

There are lots of ways to be active:

  • There are lots of free exercise classes online to help you get fit - why not try a yoga class on YouTube?
  • You could start running with a couch to 5k app
  • Start swimming, cycling or dancing

Learn New Skills

Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing by helping you to build a sense of purpose. Even if you feel like you don’t have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of ways to bring learning into your life.

Some of the things you could try include:

  • Try learning to cook something new
  • Work on a DIY project, even if you just start small. There are lots of free video tutorials online to help you
  • Try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint

Give To Others

Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward. It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering.

You could try:

  • Saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  • Spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
  • Volunteering in your community, such as helping at a school, hospital or care home

Pay Attention To The Present Moment

Mindfulness and paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Mindfulness can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

You can practice mindfulness by:

  • Noticing the everyday. It can be helpful to pick a regular time, like a walk at lunchtime, and decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you
  • Trying new things, such as sitting in a different seat for dinner, can also help you notice the world in a new way
  • Watch your thoughts. Some people find that it is easier to cope with an over-busy mind if they are doing gentle yoga or walking