July 5, 2021

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Read advice about five simple actions you can take to improve wellbeing in your everyday life.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Based on the latest scientific evidence, the Government funded New Economics Foundation (NEF) has created a set of five simple actions which can improve well-being in everyday life. They are:


Flower icon with the following writing on the petals, Keep learning, Connect, Take notice, Give, Be active

Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and can help reduce the risk of mental ill health for people of all ages. With this in mind, try to do something different today – and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Phone or meet someone you care about for a proper catch up
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them
  • Drop in to one of our weekly Good Mood Cafes


Take Notice

‘Taking notice’ of the world around you, in the here and now, can directly enhance your wellbeing. Many of us spend so much time thinking about things in the past or worries about the future that we don’t enjoy the moment and the environment around us. Try taking some time every day to savour the moment and the environment around you.

A few ideas:

  • Go for a walk and make a conscious effort to notice the landmarks and landscape on your route
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Go somewhere pleasant for lunch, away from your normal setting, and really savour the environment and the tastes and textures of your food
  • Take notice of how people around you are feeling or acting



Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Signing up for a night class or pursuing a new interest or hobby is a great way to boost your wellbeing. However, you don’t have to sign up to a formal activity to learn new things.

Here are a few more ideas which you could try building into your regular activities:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word every day

Be Active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is also essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the added benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as providing some level of exercise. Take notice of how people around you are feeling or acting.


Participation in social and community life – by volunteering for example – is strongly linked with improved wellbeing. Research has shown that carrying out an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing. You could:


Other Resources you may find helpful

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Download and complete your own Wellbeing Plan to help you stay well. This will help you reduce anxiety, connect with others, improve your sleep and more.

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Create your own safety plan on the Staying Safe website to help keep you safe when experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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Visit our STOP Suicide campaign website.

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