What are the 5 Steps to mental wellbeing, and how do they apply to life at work and at home?
Let’s talk about mental health.
Currently the statistics for developing a mental health condition in this country are 1 in 4. How many of your children, grandchildren, god-children, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters etc would that potentially affect?
Guided by the NHS 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing, Academy of FUN! is on a mission to improve those odds for the next generation. They do this through their work with 4 - 11 year olds, providing fun and engaging activities that promote a lifestyle proven to reduce the risk of developing a mental health condition.
Good relationships are important for our mental wellbeing. Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and give us a greater sense of purpose.
- Arrange a day out with friends you haven’t seen in a while.
- Volunteer at a local school or community group
- Use technology such as Skype to keep in touch with family or friends, if you live far apart.
- Speak to someone new today.
Being active is great for your physical health and wellbeing as well as improving your mental wellbeing. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your life.
- Walk or cycle to places with the kids instead of driving them.
- Seek out a local outdoor park.
- Encourage children to join a team but help them recognise that you don’t have to be the star of the team to take part!
As Kate Badger, founder of Academy of FUN!, says, “Learning isn't just about going to school. School will teach you what you need to know but what's really exciting is learning the stuff that you want to know!”
Get the imagination going:
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Learn to juggle!
- Learn to fly (well, maybe not, but you could learn about how birds fly and how to make an aeroplane!)
- Take on a new responsibility at work.
Give to Others
What can you do to make the world a better place? This isn't about giving things away or spending money. Kindness is about doing something for someone else, however small, even if it doesn’t benefit you.
- Volunteer at a local event.
- Ask a colleague how they are and really listen to what they say when they answer.
- Phone a friend or family member who needs support or maybe would really just appreciate some company.
Take notice. Sometimes our heads can get so full of information and confused that we need to take time to focus on simple things.
Mindfulness is about using all of you 5 senses to really take in what is happening around you.
Kate has a great technique to try with children when brushing their teeth - you can try it too! Think about:
- How the toothpaste tastes.
- What it feels like to have the bristles of the toothbrush in your mouth.
- What sounds the brush is making on your teeth
- What the difference is between before and after you've cleaned your teeth.
Thinking about one thing, the thing that you are doing and nothing else, will help you feel more relaxed.
Wellbeing plays a central role in creating flourishing communities. Let’s work together to inspire the next generation.
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