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.
Talk to someone instead of sending a text
Speak to someone new
Ask how someone’s day was and really listen when they tell you
Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.
Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:
Take the stairs not the lift
Go for a walk at lunchtime
Have a kick-about in a local park
Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching
People who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Carrying out an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:
Get a plant for your home
Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
Take notice of how your friends and family are feeling or acting
Visit a new place for lunch
Setting goals and learning throughout life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:
Find out new about someone close to you
Read about something that interests you
Research something you’ve always wondered about
Learn a new word