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Taking care of your mental wellbeing

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Research shows that there are 5 steps you can take to help you improve your mental wellbeing.

These steps have been summarised below, but you can find more detail on the NHS Moodzone website.

Step 1: Connect

Build stronger relationships with the people around you, family friends and colleagues, and broaden your relationships in your community and the wider world.

Relationships will:

  • give you a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • allow you to share positive experiences and get emotional support

What you can do:

  • take time each day to be with your family
  • phone people sometimes instead of texting or emailing
  • have lunch with a colleague
  • volunteer at a local school, or community group
  • think about the activities you enjoy and join a local group or volunteer at a local school, or community group. Visit the Stockport Local website for details of groups and volunteering opportunities in Stockport

If you, or someone you know, feels increasingly lonely or isolated visit our loneliness and isolation page.


Step 2: Be active

Find physical activities you enjoy and make them part of your life.

Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain which can positively change your mood and make you feel better about yourself.

It makes:

  • you feel more energetic
  • you sleep better
  • your memory sharper
  • you feel more relaxed
  • you feel more positive about yourself

Even small amounts of physical activity can make a difference.

What you can do:

  • walk to the shops
  • put on your favourite music and have a dance
  • play in the park with your children
  • join a gym, sports club or walking club, etc

Visit our physical activity pages to find information to help get you started.

Search the Stockport Local website for details of community groups, events and activities in your area.

Visit the Mental Health Foundation website and download their free guide on 'How to look after your mental health using exercise'.


Step 3: Keep learning

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.

Learning will:

  • give you greater satisfaction and optimism
  • improve your ability to get the most from life
  • help you meet and interact with other people

What you can do:

  • learn to cook a new healthy dish
  • visit a local gallery or museum and learn about where you live
  • sign up for a course
  • take on a new responsibility at work

Search the Stockport Local website for details of local classes.

Digiknow helps you get the most out of online services by helping you to improve your skills and confidence.


Step 4: Give to others

Small acts of kindness towards others can give you a sense of purpose and self-worth and help make you feel happier. This could include:

  • a smile
  • a thank you or a kind word
  • helping and supporting others
  • working towards a shared goal
  • volunteering

These are all linked to positive mental wellbeing.

What you can do:

  • say thank you to someone for something they’ve done for you
  • offer to lend a hand if you see someone struggling with bags or a pushchair
  • offer to help a relative with a DIY project
  • volunteer in your local community. Visit the Stockport Local website for volunteering opportunities in Stockport

Step 5: Be mindful

Paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this mindfulness and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Being mindful can help you notice early signs of stress or anxiety and help you deal with them better.

What you can do:

  • take time everyday to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you
  • find out more about mindfulness and how you can practice it in your daily life on the Pennine Care NHS Foundation website

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