The ‘five a day’ for your mind

Essex residents are being encouraged to follow five steps to achieve better mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

From Monday 16 May Essex County Council will be promoting ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’, which focuses on different areas of life, all which are proven to make difference to improving mental health.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect: Send a text, meet up for a coffee or pick up your phone. Take time to make a new friend, or focus on making a little more effort with the friends and family who are already in your life.
  • Be active: Dance around your house, join a sports group or get away from your desk at lunch time. Anything that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster and makes you feel warmer counts.
  • Take notice: Visit your local park, sit in your garden or take up mindfulness. Take time out to stop, take notice and focus on something else to enjoy and feel calm about the space around you.
  • Learn: Sign up to a course, find a recipe book or watch an instructional video on YouTube. Try something new by taking up a new hobby, set an enjoyable challenge or leaning a new skill.
  • Give: Feel good about yourself by doing something for someone else. Support a friend by doing something nice for them, volunteer for a community group or help out a stranger.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a simple concept from which we can all benefit. Each area makes a huge difference to a person’s sense of wellbeing, and breaking them down into topics means they are easier to understand and follow.

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