Back in 2008 the New Economics Foundation reviewed more than 400 scientific papers to identify key things that contribute to our wellbeing. Echoing the familiar ‘five a day’ message for fruit and veg, they came up with ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
Take a look how our clients have embedded the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ into their teams and think what would work for you.
Connect with the people around you. With 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 and enrich you every day.
"Our team were feeling isolated working from home. We’ve been having picnics in the park for our team meetings."
2. Be Active
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Art Gallery Team Leader
"We had an exhibition running on Ancient Egyptian Art and arranged a Belly Dancing session for staff."
3. Be Curious
Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Museum, Volunteers Coordinator
"We had a new cohort of volunteers and arranged a photography session at the museum. They learnt how to put a good snap together and then took pictures around the museum. Even those of us who have been here years hadn’t noticed the things they had."
4. Keep Learning
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. As well as being fun, learning new things will make you more confident.
Rail Operator, HR Department
"We wanted a fun lunch and learn session but wanted it to be useful too. We did a basic British Sign Language Course. We learnt how to introduce ourselves and learnt some meet and greet signs. We wanted the session to last longer and learn more."
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Housing Association, Neighbourhood Officer
"We arranged a litter pick on one of our estates with our tenants and encouraged staff to come along in their own time. Everyone enjoyed it and it looked a lot better at the end."
We offer several course options around mental health, incorporating wellbeing. Courses are available throughout the UK either as face to face courses or virtually. Contact us for details or book a call with us.