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5 Ways to Wellbeing

Simple steps you can take to look after your mental wellbeing

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5 ways to look after your mental wellbeing

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There are five steps we can all take to protect and look after our mental wellbeing. They are called the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

They were developed by the New Economics Foundation. You can find more information about them here.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Take Notice
  4. Keep Learning
  5. Give
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1. Connect - Five Ways to Wellbeing

1. Connect

We get positive benefits and good feelings from connecting with people around us. Sometimes it may be more difficult than usual to stay in touch with people we care about and we may need to discover new ways to stay connected.

2. Be Active - Five Ways to Wellbeing

2. Be Active

Being active is good for our bodies and our minds. Regular activity helps reduce stress and anxiety, boosts confidence, and improves energy levels. There are many free activities, indoor and outdoor, such as walking, cycling, gardening, yoga. It’s important to find something that you enjoy and that is suitable for your ability and any health conditions you might have.

Not sure where to start?

3. Take Notice - Five Ways to Wellbeing

3. Take Notice

Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you, can help improve your mental wellbeing. Examples include sitting quietly to watch the clouds, paying attention to your breathing, or slowing down and really noticing the food you are eating. This approach is often called Mindfulness.

4. Keep Learning - Five Ways to Wellbeing

4. Keep Learning

Learning something new can improve our confidence. We recommend setting yourself a task that you will enjoy achieving, such as:

  • Taking on a new challenge to make or fix something
  • Rediscovering an old hobby that challenges you, whether it’s writing stories, cooking, sewing, gardening or playing board games
  • Try an online course, there are many free ones available
5. Give - Five Ways to Wellbeing

5. Give

Doing something nice for a friend, or a stranger is not only good for them. Being kind to others helps lower our own stress and anxiety. A smile and a friendly ‘hello’ doesn’t cost anything and makes people feel connected. Small acts of kindness such as helping someone with their shopping or taking time to listen to someone can help both those receiving and those giving to feel good.

#5Days5Ways Campaign Challenge

We are running a Summer challenge through August centred around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing! The #5Days5Ways challenge is to do as many of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing as you can in 5 days. You can do as little or as much as you want.

Read our #5Days5Ways blog post to find out what you need to do to take part!

Make sure to download your activity sheets below!

Five Ways padlet

Digital Communities Wales: Digital Confidence Health and Wellbeing Programme (DCW: DCHW) is a Welsh Government funded programme helping people to learn IT skills, get online and use digital technology.  As well as helping people who are completely new to the online world, the programme supports people to use technology to help improve their health and wellbeing. 

This Padlet has been developed to align with the Five Ways to Wellbeing.  There are a wide range of resources that can be used to keep people occupied in a variety of ways.

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