• Clare Warke

4 Steps to mental wellbeing



The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'. World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.


Evidence from health organisations such as the NHS suggests there are 4 key steps you can take right now to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

  1. Connect with people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth

  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences

  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:

  • if possible, take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together

  • arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while

  • try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family

  • have lunch with a colleague

  • visit a friend or family member who needs support or company

  • make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart

2. 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 by:

  • raising your self-esteem

  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them

  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

3. Learn new skills


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

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem

  • helping you to build a sense of purpose

  • helping you to connect with others

Some of the things you could try include:

  • try learning to cook something new.

  • try taking on a new responsibility at work, such as mentoring a junior staff member or improving your presentation skills

  • work on a DIY project

  • consider signing up for a course at a local college.

  • try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint

4. Live in the present


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.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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