The Six Ways to Wellbeing

The FIVE ways to wellbeing are a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. 

Many organisations use this as a framework for positive living.

Choosing to adopt these basic, principles can have a considerable impact on your life.

We have integrated The Five Ways into the Life Seeker hub, plus added a 6th (Nurture Your Body).

Check out some examples below.

Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At  home, work, school or in your local community. Think of theseas the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich your every day.

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 one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learnign new things will make you feel more confident as well as being fun.

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, 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.

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.

(Our addition) Eat the foods that make you feel good. Pay attention to your body and give it the care it needs. Love yourself just as you are. Notice when your body needs a rest. Book a massage. Keep agile. Take care of yourself so you can care for others.

* The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by NEF as the result of a commission by Foresight, the UK governments futures think-tank, as part of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.