Mental wellbeing doesn’t have one set meaning, we may use it to talk about how we feel, how well we’re coping with daily life or what feels possible at the moment. Good mental wellbeing doesn’t mean you’re always happy or unaffected by your experiences. But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.

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Seeking help for a mental health problem

There are lots of things we can try to take care of our wellbeing. But it’s not always easy to start. You might find it helpful to:

  • Only try what feels comfortable
  • Give yourself time to figure out what works for you, going at your own pace
  • Take small steps. Pick one or two things that feel achievable at first, before moving on to try other ideas.

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing.

Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing.

Pay attention to the present moment

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

Tips for improving your mental wellbeing

Improving your mental wellbeing is essential for leading a fulfilling life. Here are some tips tailored explicitly for England, considering the cultural context and available resources:

  1. Stay Active: Engage in regular physical activity. Whether it’s a walk in the park, a bike ride, or a workout session, exercise releases endorphins that can boost your mood and reduce stress.
  2. Connect with Others: Maintain social connections with friends, family, and community members. Engage in activities that allow you to meet new people and build meaningful relationships.
  3. Enjoy Nature: Take advantage of England’s beautiful landscapes. Spend time outdoors, hike, visit local parks, or picnic by the riverside. Connecting with nature can have a positive impact on your mental health.
  4. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice mindfulness and meditation to help reduce stress and increase self-awareness. Apps, classes, and online resources can guide you through these practices.
  5. Healthy Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. A nutritious diet can positively influence your mood and cognitive function.
  6. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can negatively affect your mental health. Moderation is key.
  7. Get Enough Sleep: Prioritize good sleep hygiene. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to allow your mind and body to recharge.
  8. Learn New Skills: Engage in activities that challenge and stimulate your mind. Learning new skills or hobbies can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
  9. Volunteer and Give Back: Helping others through volunteering or community involvement can provide a sense of purpose and enhance your mental wellbeing.
  10. Seek Professional Help: If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek support. You can contact the NHS in England for guidance on accessing mental health services and resources.
  11. Stay Informed: Stay informed about mental health initiatives, workshops, and events in your community. Engaging in discussions about mental health can reduce stigma and promote understanding.
  12. Limit Screen Time: While technology can be helpful, excessive screen time, especially on social media, can impact your mental health. Set boundaries to disconnect and engage in offline activities.
  13. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and avoid self-criticism. Treat yourself with the same empathy you would offer to a friend facing similar challenges.
  14. Create a Routine: Establishing a daily routine can provide structure and stability, positively impacting your mental wellbeing.
  15. Cultural and Creative Activities: Engage in cultural experiences and creative outlets you enjoy, such as visiting museums, attending concerts, or practising art and crafts.

Remember that everyone’s journey to better mental wellbeing is unique. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. The NHS provides various mental health services to support individuals in England, including therapy and counselling.

Able Futures can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days

Nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work.

Mental Wellbeing Activities

Clean Your Desk

Looking for a productivity-boosting refresh? Start the year with a clutter-free, ecofriendly workspace!

Yoga or Meditation

Yogi or not, you can’t deny the benefits that come from yoga and meditation. These activities can help us to unwind and switch off from the world.

Take regular breaks

Take regular breaks throughout the day is one small act you can do to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

Educate yourself on mental health

It’s one thing to say you support mental wellbeing, but it’s another thing to actually show it.

A culture of transparency and vulnerability

Encourage your team to be transparent and vulnerable in the workplace. Lead by example, you can create a psychologically safe enviroment