Self Care

Common features of Good Mental Health:

  1. Making the most of your potential
  2. Engaging with family/work/community
  3. Ability to learn
  4. Ability to feel, express and manage emotions (positive and negative)
  5. Ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  6. Ability to cope with & manage change and uncertainty

Risk Factors to Good Mental Health include: Circumstances e.g. poverty, isolation, sickness Experiences e.g. family mental illness, bullied/abused, traumatic/stressful life events, risk taking behaviour

The Five Ways to Well-being

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

Be active… 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 that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice… 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.

Keep learning… 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. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give… 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.

Researched & Developed by New Economics Foundation

Ways to increase your protective factors by:

  1. Improving your relationship with yourself
  2. Improving your relationship with others
  3. Asking for help
  4. Improving your problem solving skills
  5. Improving your decision making skills
  6. Improving your self worth
  7. Getting involved in your community e.g. making friends, volunteering to help others, joining sports groups

Ways to increase your resilience by:

  1. Learn new or improve your skills to cope with life stressors (emotional, social, financial)
  2. Learn or improve on your networking skills
  3. Learn or improve your resourcefulness
  4. Education itself – keeping learning

There are also several blogs on the topic of Self Care if you are interested in reading more.

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