What is Wellbeing Week?
Wellbeing Week is the Mental Health Foundation’s new fundraising initiative for schools. The aim of Wellbeing Week is to provide young people with the tools and knowledge to help manage their mental health. It gives us the opportunity to promote an overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community, and environmental wellbeing.
What is wellbeing and why is it important for our mental health?
Wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. Wellbeing could be described as how you feel about yourself and your life. It is the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy within yourself. Mental health is essential to our overall well-being and as important as physical health. When we feel mentally well, we can work productively, enjoy our free time, and contribute actively to our communities.
How can I improve my mental wellbeing? 5 Ways to wellbeing
- Connect – with people, family, friends and neighbours. Whether this is at home, work, school or in your local community group. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
- Be active – Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
- Take notice – Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Keep learning – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a educational course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things that will make you more confident as well as being fun.
- Give – Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
How The Eaves can help
Looking after your mental health is an important part of wellbeing. At The Eaves, we have a variety of trained professionals for all ages that can help with a variety of issues. These include stress management, anxiety and depression. Please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who will be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you.