Mental wellbeing is an important part of your life just as physical health is. It is not merely the absence of mental health problems. In fact, a person with a diagnosed mental health problem can have positive mental wellbeing with the right support.
Mental wellbeing does not stay the same as circumstances change and you move through life. There are many influences on your wellbeing, for example work pressures, bereavement, drug and alcohol and physical illness and many more.
There are many ways to improve your mental wellbeing:
With the people around us - family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support you in many aspects of your life.
Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discovering a physical activity that suits your level of mobility and fitness can be very rewarding. It could help with sleep problems and enhance your mood.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a taster course with Community Learning. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge and enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group, linking and working with the wider community can be incredibly satisfying and creates connections with interesting people who can inspire you.