5 Ways to Wellbeing

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.

Spend time developing and nurturing relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Befriending services can help support you if you are feeling lonely and isolated, find out more about befriending in Swansea.

Telephone Befriending | Swansea CVS (scvs.org.uk)

Involve | Swansea CVS (scvs.org.uk)

Here are some ways you could make a connection today:

  • If you feel comfortable, you could try speaking to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was, and really listen when they tell you
  • Put 5 minutes aside to find out how a colleague is doing
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them

BE ACTIVE

Try to find an activity that you enjoy, and that keeps you active, such as walking, swimming, cycling or playing football. Evidence shows that an improvement in your physical health can help improve your mental health. You can find out more about keeping active on our live well page.

Here are a few ideas for how you can get active today:

  • Take the stairs rather than the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work – maybe you could go with a colleague
  • Get off the bus a stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some stretches before you leave for work in the morning
  • If you’re in the office, walk over to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing

Learning new skills can boost confidence and give you a sense of achievement. Find more information about courses for adults

Adult education – Lifelong Learning – Swansea

Part Time | Gower College Swansea (gcs.ac.uk)

What can you learn today? Here are a few ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word

Helping others, saying thank you, or giving someone a smile can help to improve your self-esteem and improve your emotional health. Find out how you can volunteer and help in your community, build up new social networks, and gain experience if you’re looking for a job.

Volunteer Centre | Swansea CVS (scvs.org.uk)

Is there anything you can do today, to be kind or helpful to someone else? You could try:

  • Making a cup of tea for a colleague
  • Offering to help a colleague with something they’re stuck on
  • Introducing yourself to a new-starter, to help them feel more at ease
  • Seeing if there are any volunteering initiatives open at work

Being more aware of the present moment, the world around you and your own feelings and thoughts, can help you to positively change how you’re feeling about life. The NHS has created a mood self assessment questionnaire designed to recommend ways and resources to help you better understand how you feel.

NHS Self Assessment (assets.nhs.uk)

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas you could try today:

  • 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