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Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Top 5 'Looking after your Mental Wellbeing' Tips

 

 

 

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

 

1. Stay Connected with people

 

Staying in contact with friends, family and love ones is hugely important for your mental wellbeing. They can help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth. It can give you an opportunity to share positive experiences and provide you with emotional support which will allow you to support others

 

2. Be physically active

 

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem. Being physically active

causes chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

 

3. Learn new skills

 

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

 

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others

 

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

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4. Give to others

 

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

 

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people

 

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

 

Some examples of the things you could try include:

 

  • saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  • asking friends, family or colleagues how they are and really listening to their answer
  • spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
  • offering to help someone you know with DIY or a work project
  • volunteering in your community, such as helping at a school, hospital or care home

 

 

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

 

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.

 

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

 

 

 

 

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