Activities to improve your wellbeing
Whether you’re feeling low, anxious or actually, you’re in a good place right now – we can all do things every day to support our mental wellbeing, like practising self-care. This will mean different things to different people, but essentially this covers any activity that you enjoy that doesn’t have a negative effect on you (like too much scrolling on social media!).
You may also find it useful to view our Wellbeing support for all Gloucestershire citizens page. If you feel like you need some extra support, there are lots of free, confidential services that can help, see Who can I talk to? for more information.
There are many things you can do that fall under self-care. Here are just some of the things you could try:
- Practice being ‘in the moment’ – mindfulness activities like meditation or breathing exercises can help us recognise how we feel and reconnect with our surroundings. It can help us feel calmer and cope with difficult thoughts
- Get your body moving - physical activity releases endorphins and boosts our mood. It can also give us a sense of achievement as we reach our goals
- Spend some time outdoors – getting some fresh air and spending time in nature is proven to boost our physical and mental wellbeing. (Just remember to follow social distancing rules to keep yourself and those around you safe)
- Make sure you get enough sleep – stick to some kind of routine, and do things before bed that help you relax and unwind (like taking a bath, reading a book and putting your phone away)
- Take a break from technology! We all spend lots of time on our phones and computers, but it’s important to remember that social media isn’t always real life
- Create a ‘good mood’ playlist of all your favourite songs
- Take time to do something you enjoy or try a new relaxing hobby like painting
- Say ‘no’ – it’s okay to have some ‘me time’ if you need a break or aren’t in the mood for socialising! And it is definitely not selfish!
- Research shows that the Five Ways to Wellbeing are some of the best things we can do regularly to protect our mental health. These are: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, and give