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5 Ways to Wellbeing

I really like the idea of the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' - 5 simple things to incorporate into our lives to promote our physical and emotional wellbeing, and you can do them all for free.

Connect...with the people around you
• Join a club.
• Talk to someone
• Meet someone new.
• Ask how someone's weekend was and really listen when they tell you.
• Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is.
• Hold a 'tea and talk' for the team at work.
• Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

Be active... exercising makes you feel good
Discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness
• Go for a walk or run at lunchtime or after work.
• Take up a new physical activity, such as swimming or cycling.
• Take a dance class.
• Take the stairs instead of the lift.
• Take the kids to the park after school.

Take notice... be curious
Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, 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
Practise meditation.
• Get a plant for your workspace.
• Have a 'clear the clutter' day.
• Take a different route on your journey to or from work.
• Visit a new place for lunch

Keep learning... set a challenge you will enjoy achieving

Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
• Sign up for a class – you could learn a language, do something creative or even take a formal education class such as English or history.
• Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.
• Read the news or a book.
• Set up a book club.
• Do a crossword or Sudoku.
• Research something you've always wondered about.

Give... look out, as well as in

Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
• Hold a fundraising event for a charity or organisation.
• Volunteer.
• Do something nice for a friend.
• Join a community group.
• If you're going shopping, ask a neighbour if they need anything. 

Source: Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing project *(2008). The project commissioned the centre for well-being at nef (the new economics foundation) to develop 'Five Ways to Wellbeing': a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing.