Mental health

Five ways to good mental wellbeing

If you feel stressed, anxious or low from time to time, doing something positive to help yourself can make a real difference to your mood.

Our five ways to good mental health can help:

1. Be active 

  • Go for a walk or run
  • Step outside
  • Cycle
  • Play a game
  • Gardening
  • Dance

Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

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2. Connect

  • With the people around you
  • With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • At home, work, school or in your local community

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.

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3. 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.

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4. Keep Learning

  • Try something new
  • Rediscover an old interest
  • Sign up for that course
  • Take on a different responsibility at work
  • Fix a bike
  • Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food
  • Set a challenge you enjoy achieving

Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

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5. 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, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

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If you are worried about your own or someone else's mental health, there are mental health services and support for children, young people, adults, parents/carers at LPFT and additional information for adults at HAY Lincolnshire.