Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Connecting is about building relationships, both old and new. Strong relationships with other people help you to feel good and provide a sense of belonging. Being part of a strong social network helps to keep you healthy. Why not get involved in a local group? To see what’s on in your area, look at community newsletters and notice boards.
You don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Getting active is great for your mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health. It can help avoid negative thinking, increase your confidence, reduce your stress levels and boost your mood. Why not join our Get Wiltshire Walking project and participate in free weekly health walks in 15 locations around the county? Or join our local footpath group and help install a kissing gate or clear paths. Sign up here.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Wiltshire College offer more than 1500 courses throughout Wiltshire, during the day, in the evening and at weekends There are also local groups all over the county where you could learn something new. See what’s available in your community.
Give to others
Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering in your local community can improve your mental wellbeing and help you to build new social networks. Regularly helping others makes you feel happier. For volunteering opportunities in your area contact the Wiltshire Volunteer Centre on 0845 034 5250. You get get involved locally in Area Board projects such a out footpath group and dementia projects.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’ and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. LIFT Psychology run courses on mindfulness.
Plan your time
Do you ever feel like there just isn’t enough time? Planning your time makes it easier to get things done and can increase feelings of achievement. By prioritising what’s important and only taking on what you have time for, you’ll feel more in control and have a more comfortable pace to your week. Using a calendar or diary helps to keep you organised, and also gives you the opportunity to schedule things to look forward to.
Eat well and drink wisely
When we look after ourselves we feel healthier and have more energy How we’re feeling affects what we eat, and likewise food affects our mood Eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking sensibly is good for our minds as well as our bodies. For more information go to Change 4 Life or for one to one support complete our online referral form.
We all feel better able to cope with life’s challenges after a good night’s sleep, and the average adult needs 8 hours sleep a night. Winding down quietly before bedtime can help you to fall asleep more easily. Going to bed in plenty of time makes it more likely you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.
Worry causes stress and anxiety, so try not to bottle things up. For support with managing stress, anxiety or low mood, contact LIFT Psychology on 01380 731335, or for practical advice contact Wiltshire Citizens Advice Bureau on 0844 375 2775.
Research has shown that writing down three good things which come to pass each day can noticeably improve your mood. Being grateful for what we have helps us to focus on the good things in our lives and makes us feel more positive.
For more information and one to one support please complete our online referral form.