Five Ways to Wellbeing
1 November 2019
Studies from around the world show that you can improve your wellbeing and happiness by just adding in a few simple things as part of your day. They help you cope with stress and help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.
1. Social Connections Matter Connect with people around you; with family, friends, neighbours or people you meet, at work, school or at the coffee shops. Think of these social connections as important in your life and spend time developing them. Building these relationships will support and strengthen you every day.
2. Be Active Keep your mind and body active. Step outside your house or go for a walk or run. Play a sport, dance, ride a bike or do some gardening. Find something you enjoy and do it regularly. Exercising makes you feel good and helps to clear your mind.
3. Keep Learning Try something new or rediscover a past interest. Learn to sew, read a new book, listen to a podcast or take on a new role at work. Learn to play a musical instrument or do a course. Learning can be fun. It can give you a sense of achievement and build your confidence.
4. Be Aware Be aware of the world around you; notice the changing seasons and the beautiful sights, smells and sounds as you do your daily activities. Notice how you feel. Try this as you walk, eat lunch or wait for a train. Being aware of the ‘here and now’ can help you feel calm and reduce stress.
5. Help Others Do something kind for a friend or stranger. Thank someone, smile or say hello. Give your time to a community group or help a neighbour. Helping others can give you a sense of purpose and belonging, build friendships and make our community a better place. Why not give some of these things a go by intentional focus, making a choice, and even making a change if necessary. Even if you feel life is travelling along smoothly at the moment, step out and give someone else a hand to improve their wellbeing.
I challenge you to look at those things that aren’t working well in your life at the moment. Start with one, build it up untill it becomes a habit, and then pick the next one. Can we help our own children to start developing these habits now?
God created us to be social beings, he walked and talked to Adam and Eve. Being socially connected is hardwired into us. We need to be active to be healthy. We were made with the ability to learn, and by being aware of what is going on around us, we see the needs of others. Jesus set the example for wellbeing ... let’s follow.
Secondary Wellbeing Coordinator