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Five ways to wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to help improve your mental health and wellbeing, these are connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.


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Watch our videos on the 5 ways to wellbeing.

Connect

Spend time developing and nurturing relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Befriending services can help support you if you are feeling lonely and isolated, find out more about befriending services in Derbyshire.

Take a look at our Time Swap scheme if you're looking for ways to connect with others. The scheme encourages local communities to share their skills and talents.

Be active

Try to find an activity that you enjoy, and that keeps you active, such as walking, swimming, cycling or playing football. Evidence shows that an improvement in your physical health can help improve your mental health. You can find out more about keeping active on our healthy lifestyle page.

Keep learning

Learning new skills can boost confidence and give you a sense of achievement. Find more information about courses for adults.

Free Bright Side courses are aimed at people facing mental health difficulties.

Give

Helping others, saying thank you, or giving someone a smile can help to improve your self-esteem and improve your emotional health. Find out how you can volunteer and help in your community, build up new social networks, and gain experience if you're looking for a job.

Take notice

Being more aware of the present moment, the world around you and your own feelings and thoughts, can help you to positively change how you're feeling about life. NHS Choices has created  Moodzone, the mood self-assessment questionnaire designed to recommend ways and resources to help you better understand how you feel.