In the modern world we all seem to find ourselves constantly busy and trying to cram everything in. Whether it’s studying, revising for exams, part-time work, socialising, or even just finding the time to fit in the new ‘must-see’ Netflix series, everyday life can sometimes feel like one big to-do list.
When it comes to your wellbeing it’s important to make some space for it, and even a small action can make a big difference. The University’s six ways to wellbeing give you ideas to help you make small positive changes that will boost your mood. Based on the New Economic Foundation’s five ways to wellbeing and a whole host of research, the six ways to wellbeing group things you can do into six behaviours that can fit into your everyday life. The good news is that you’re probably already doing most of them. It’s just important that you make time for your wellbeing and carve out some space into your day or week to take little actions to improve your wellbeing.
So what are the six ways?
Connect – Good relationships are important for your wellbeing as they help you build a sense of belonging and self-worth, they give you an opportunity to share your positive experiences and also provide you with emotional support when you need it.
Give – Doing something for others has been proven to make us feel more positive and increase our self-worth, giving you a feeling of purpose and a sense of reward.
Take Notice – Being mindful of the moment, what’s happening around us and how it makes us think and feel can help us better understand ourselves. When we know how to do this, we can seek out the moments that we value the most.
Be Active – Being physically active can raise your self-esteem, creative chemical changes in your brain which can boost your mood.
Be Healthy – A healthy body is as important as a healthy mind when it comes to our wellbeing. Paying attention to nutrition, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated are all ways to keep yourself healthy and strong.
Learn and Discover – Whether it’s gaining a new skill or boarding your knowledge the end results of learning are positive. The act of learning in itself is valuable and has been shown to boost self-esteem, resilience, social integration and more.
If you’re not sure on what little changes you could make to your day have a look at content ambassador Lauren’s article on small actions she took to improve her wellbeing.