Top 10 tips for wellbeing

  1. Keep active- you don’t need to run a marathon, but even gentle exercise such as a walk releases happy hormones such as endorphins and serotonin.  Find an activity you enjoy- it could be yoga, dancing, tennis or swimming for example.
  2. Eat well Try to eat a healthy balanced diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine
  3. Talk to someone you trust- “A problem shared is a problem halved” can be very true! This could be a friend or relative, or one of Homerton’s Mental Health Champions. Talking over problems can make them seem less of a burden. You can also call the Samaritans free at any time on 116 123. Some people also find that keeping a journal and writing down their feelings is helpful.
  4. Take time for yourself – Self-care is not selfish! Make a little time every day to do something that you enjoy. This could be reading, exercise, taking a bath or going for a walk for example.
  5. Be kind to yourself – A lot of the time we are very hard on ourselves. Think of how you would talk to your best friend and apply this to yourself
  6. Spend time outside Spending time in nature outdoors can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anger.
  7. Try to get enough sleep Establish a routine and keep to a regular sleeping pattern. To aid good sleep avoid screens before bedtime.
  8. Connect with other people. Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. This includes relationships with family, friends, partners, colleagues and the wider community. Make time regularly to spend with others. You can also help others. Helping others isn't just good for the people you're helping; it's good for you too. Helping someone can help with your self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world and your community.
  9. Learn something new Learning a new skill can boost self-esteem and encourage social interaction. It can be something small, like trying to learn a new word every day or trying a new recipe. Or if time allows, why not try learning a language or a musical instrument?
  10. Take notice  Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. There are many resources on mindfulness and meditation which can assist with this.

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