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improving your wellbeing

improving your wellbeing

In times of social pressure, isolation and cost-of-living crisis, finding your own way to improve mental wellbeing is important.

Ever feel like you’re being pulled in many different directions by society’s expectations? It’s not uncommon. But here’s the thing: taking care of yourself is non-negotiable. Prioritising self-care isn’t just a luxury, nor is it only done on special occasions such as birthdays or New Year. It’s something that you should do every day in a world that never seems to stop demanding. 

Myths about wellbeing

Self-care requires time commitment 

Although setting aside dedicated time for self-care is important, even small, everyday actions can contribute to our overall wellbeing. Simple steps like taking a few deep breaths or stretching for a few minutes can have a huge impact on our stress levels and mood. 

Self-care is selfish

Self-care is essential for maintaining our physical and mental health. By prioritising our wellbeing, we become better equipped to support and care for others.

Self-care is expensive

Self-care is not about spending money. It’s about prioritising activities that nourish and replenish us. Whether going for a walk, spending time with loved ones or practising mindfulness, self-care can take many forms and doesn’t require a hefty price tag. 

What are the simple things I can do to improve my wellbeing? 

There are many ways you can help your wellbeing. Here are just five simple ways you can do so: 

Acknowledge your feelings 

Accepting our feelings is the first step towards self-care. Research suggests that journaling can be a powerful tool in this regard. By putting pen to paper, we can explore our thoughts and emotions in a safe space, encouraging self-awareness and emotional resilience. 

Nourish your body and mind 

It’s essential to prioritise the wellbeing of both body and mind. Nourishing your body with wholesome meals, engaging in regular exercise and practising relaxation techniques can all contribute to a sense of balance in one’s life. Remember, self-care is not selfish. It’s an investment in your overall health and happiness. 

Make connections 

Human connection is important to our wellbeing, yet in the digital age, we often can feel very lonely. It’s important to develop meaningful relationships with others. Whether it’s spending quality time with loved ones, reaching out to a friend in need or participating in community activities, building connections can provide a sense of belonging and during difficult times. 

Embrace nature 

Reconnecting with nature is essential for our physical and mental health. Spending time outdoors not only offers a welcome respite from the stresses of daily life but also allows us to reconnect with the natural world and gain perspective on our place within it. Whether it’s going for a hike in the countryside, having a picnic in the park or simply enjoying a breath of fresh air, immersing ourselves in nature can reduce anxiety.

Give back 

Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating to a worthy cause or simply giving back to your community, volunteering has numerous benefits for your wellbeing. By contributing to the welfare of others, volunteering can make a positive impact on the world while gaining a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives.

“I wanted to volunteer because I was inspired to pass that feeling on. I love welcoming people because I know how it feels for everyone visiting. Some people come in nervous at first so we have a chat, and I will help them feel more comfortable. I know what they are going through and how much they will benefit from coming here.”

Lorna, who volunteers at our Employability Support Project, talks about how helping others ended up helping her as well. Read more about her story here

Incorporating these self-care practices into your routine can help you navigate the challenges of everyday life with greater resilience, balance and compassion. Remember, self-care is not a luxury but a necessity. By prioritising your wellbeing, you can create a life of greater fulfilment, meaning and joy. 

support

Our Advice and Support Service is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, where advisers can signpost you to local support that most fits your needs, including our own Change Mental Health services. We offer initial advice on money worries and help to deal with emergencies.

Contact 0808 801051, email us at advice@changemh.org or fill out the enquiry form on the Advice and Support Service page.

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