5 Steps of Wellbeing
Connect with others
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 is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.
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
Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. Find out how to volunteer on the GOV.UK website
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
Do not rely on technology or social media alone to build relationships. It’s easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people