World Wellbeing Week promotes awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including mental, social, physical, financial, and career wellbeing. The aim of the awareness week is to provide people with tools and knowledge to help manage their mental health. 

Having good wellbeing may mean we feel happy and fulfilled. Importantly, it can also help avoid mental health difficulties.   

This report indicates there are 5 ways to Wellbeing:5 ways to wellbeing wheel.png

  • Connect. 
  • Be Active.  
  • Take Notice. 
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

The LGBT Foundation has a Wellbeing Hub with lots of ideas for looking after your mental wellbeing, as broken down by the 5 ways of Wellbeing.

Watch this interesting TED Talk on wellbeing and happiness by Robert Waldinger.

Create a NHS Mind Plan, a personalised action plan to help with your mental wellbeing by answering 5 simple questions.  

Connecting with others can bring a sense of self-worth and belongingness. It can help with feelings of loneliness, be a relief to share things with others, and feel rewarding if you take the time to listen to someone else.

There are different ways to stay connected to others:

  • Arrange some quality time with someone who you haven't seen in a while
  • Eat dinner together and have a conversation with them, rather than eating in front of the TV
  • Ask a colleague to have lunch together
  • Write a letter to someone who lives far away
  • Give someone a call, text them, or write an email as a quick way to reach out

Talk About It Mate provides peer support, wellbeing workshops and events, and 1 to 1 talking therapy. Check out their upcoming events this week here.

Also see our dedicated page on Connecting with Others.

Doing exercise releases endorphins and endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. In turn, this can have marked improvements on mental wellbeing (WebMD).

During lockdown, we may have become more sedentary and found it difficult to motivate ourselves. By setting small goals, having a routine in place which includes being active can help feel positive, uplifted, and happy. Check out this video of Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, talking about the importance of being active and staying healthy through lockdown. 

See our dedicated page on Exercising and Staying Well, as well as Eating and Drinking Well.

Check out Couch to 5K, an NHS initiative that guides you to running a full 5 kilometres.   

Sally Gunnell, an Olympic track and field gold medalist, has started a Run Club to help you get running. It is fun, interactive, and supportive. 

Being active can also be in the form of fun and different ideas. The following are creative ways to be active: 

  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Playing football, rounders, or with a frisbee
  • Walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift
  • Taking the dog for a walk

Taking some time to have a break, rest, relax, and reflect can help to de-stress, with anxiety levels, and feel calmer. It is really important to notice when you are not taking time for yourself. 

Mindfulness has multiple health benefits, including helping with stress levels, blood pressure, improve sleep, reduce chronic pain, and improve mental health (Keng et al., 2011). 

Have a look at our Taking a break, recharging and making space for what is important to me page.There are many different ways to take notice: 

  • Read this blog post about the benefits of being in nature and mental wellbeing.
  • Have a mindful moment with Window Swap, where you can look out of someone else's window.
  • Walking mindfully using HeadSpace's guide
  • Watch this film from Patagonia about Trees to help you escape to the forests of Japan, British Columbia, and Nevada. 
  • Virtually visit a museum here

Learning something new can help you feel valued, boost self-esteem, and confidence. It often enriches lives and those around you.

There are lots of new things you can learn:

  • A language, using apps such as Duolingo
  • Cooking a new recipe
  • A new sport
  • Take up a new hobby, such as knitting or a DIY project that will challenge you
  • Sign up to a course at your local college, or an online course such as those at FutureLearn
  • A new musical instrument
  • Learn something new about someone else

The act of giving can be extremely rewarding, gratifying, and positive. It can help you connect to and support others, as well as give you a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Giving someone the time and space to talk about their experience can be really appreciated, and therefore improve both yours and their mental wellbeing. 

The range of things that you can give vary hugely: 

  • Saying thank you can be a quick and easy way to give back
  • Volunteer
  • Donate to your local food bank here
  • Ask someone if they would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with you