Make active connections

Evidence shows that there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental wellbeing.

The 1st of these steps is ‘Connect with other people.’ The NHS tells us: 

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

The 2nd of these steps is ‘Be physically active’ The NHS tells us: 

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

Why not combine these two steps to get a range of benefits for your body and your mind?

‘Doing something active with a friend gives you a good opportunity to chat, and connecting with others can help you feel less stressed.’ NHS Better Health

When you’re meeting up with a friend, why not suggest you go for a walk together or do something else active?  If you find yourself putting off doing some exercise then arranging to do something with someone else will increase the chances of it happening.

Or perhaps you could join an exercise class where you can meet other people and make new connections. Doing something you enjoy will mean you are more motivated to make it a regular part of your week.

How about trying something new? The 3rd step to mental wellbeing is ‘Learn new skills’ The NHS tells us:

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

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

It’s clear that being more active and staying connected is really important. What will you do to improve your mental and physical health?

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Make active connections