This week I watched Winterwatch on BBC2 on Wednesday 30th January. There was a feature with Chris Packham and Joe Harkness. They discussed mental health and Joe shared his story of recovery. It was a beautiful piece and I wanted to share the steps to wellbeing he mentioned from MIND
I am sharing this for all of us as I think it is a great way to live a fuller and happier life, at work and at home. I hope you’ll agree and give it a try.
Do something different today and make a connection.
• Talk to someone instead of sending an email
• Speak to someone new
• Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
If you are on your own – connect with nature and enjoy being outside.
Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.
Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:
• Take the stairs not the lift
• Go for a walk at lunchtime
• Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
• Organise a work sporting activity
Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:
• Get a plant for your workspace
• Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
• Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
• Take a different route on your journey to or from work
Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:
• Find out something about your colleagues
• Sign up for a class
• Read the news or a book
• Set up a book club
• Do a crossword or Sudoku
• Research something you’ve always wondered about
• Learn a new word.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
• Make someone a cup of tea
• Offer to help a stressed colleague
• Give someone your seat on the train
When we are busy and stressed there is always an excuse not to look out for ourselves, try these 5 steps to wellbeing and enjoy them