Good mental wellbeing is important for your physical health too.The NHS suggeststhere are five steps you can take to improve your mental wellbeing.
- connect – connect with people around you, and spend time developing relationships. See Getting Out and About for befriending services, and below for details of community health support groups. If you live far away from your family, video calling can be a way to keep in touch and maintain relationships.
- be active – you don't just have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go swimming, there are even sitting exercises you can do. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. See Getting Out and About for walking groups, leisure centres and exercise referral information.
- keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning first aid, or creative writing? See Getting Out and About for lifelong learning, training and employment
- give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering in your community can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. See Getting Out and About for volunteering opportunities.
- take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness", and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
We all feel a bit sad or fed up from time to time. But if you are experiencing ongoing feelings like sadness or helplessness, sleeplessness or low energy levels, you could have depression. Support and help is available. Talk to your GP, or find further information about depression or anxiety and how to access help at NHS Direct Wales.
Worries about money matters can also have a real impact on your health and wellbeing. See Financial Help and Advice for information on getting financial help.