The 5 ways to well-being gives advice on how we can manage and improve our well-being.
- Having a support system of friends and family to share with
- Really connecting with people and having meaningful conversations
- Connect with people who are good for your mental health
- Be Active
- Find a way to get active that works for you & that you enjoy
- Activity and exercise can also lead to social connections
- Try and do something every day – build it into your routine
- Take Notice
- Take a step back to be in the present moment and acknowledge it
- Practice grounding and mindfulness to bring you to the present
- Make your environment peaceful & enjoyable for you
- Set yourself a goal to try something new
- Continue learning and investing in something you care about
- Think about your personal developments in work or education
- Participate in community events & activities
- Give your time and energy to a cause you believe in
- Give kindness to everyone you encounter
Self-care for anxiety
- Grounding can help to center you in the present moment and gives you something to focus your attention on. Practice the 54321 by thinking about:
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste
- Breathing exercises can help to control your breathing and slow down your heart rate when you are feeling physical symptoms of anxiety. Square breathing is an example: Follow a square pattern whilst you do the following. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds.
- Progressive muscle relaxation aims to relieve stress and tension in the body by tensing and untensing every muscle individually by working up from your toes to your head
Self-care for depression
- Mindfulness is a coping skill that makes you give your attention to the present moment of your mind, body and surroundings. It helps you to become more aware of yourself, your thoughts and feelings and have better control of these.
- Keeping a mood diary can be helpful to identify any triggers or patterns of mood over the week. It can also work by helping you to recognise when things are going well and putting a focus on positivity.
- It is important to build activities into your daily and weekly routines to give you a purpose and something to look forward to. Make sure you schedule in a range of activities such as: exercise to boost your physical health, moments of self-care, pleasurable activities with friends or family.
Self-care whilst isolating
We have put together information, tips and useful resources for looking after your mental health when isolating.
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