17 Jul Five Steps to Well-being during Covid-19
In 2008, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) produced the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ report aimed at helping individuals to understand and incorporate wellbeing into their everyday lives.
Now, at a time when people are having to stay home and social distance, it’s important for everybody to understand the steps that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
With this in mind, the NEF have interpreted the guidelines for the current crisis and produced the Five Ways to Wellbeing at a time of social distancing to help you look after yourself and others during the coronavirus crisis;
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.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are 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.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. As well as being fun, learning new things will make you more confident.
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, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.