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Five Ways to Wellbeing

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We all have mental health the same way that we all have physical health. Just like physical health, there are things that we can all do to look after our mental health.

Why is our mental health important?

Our mental wellbeing affects how we feel about all areas of life, and looking after it can really improve the way that we feel every day.

This can be really helpful at times when we’re not feeling our best, but it’s also important to make sure we look after ourselves during the good times. This can improve our overall wellbeing and help us to be more able to cope when we do face challenges.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

There are lots of ways that we can look after our mental health and wellbeing. Different techniques work for different people, but there are some basic things we should all try, starting with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

1. Spending time with others

Connecting with other people is great for our wellbeing; it can give us a sense of belonging, help to create a support network and give us people to talk to and have fun with.

2. Keep active

Physical activity reduces stress and anxiety and improves mood. Regularly exercising is a great way to look after our wellbeing, and exercising outside is especially good.

3. Keep learning

Learning new skills can boost confidence, build a sense of purpose and help you connect with others. Trying a new hobby gives you a chance to relax and use a different part of your brain. You could try joining one of the Students’ Union societies.

4. Give to others

Acts of kindness and giving create positive feelings, a sense of purpose and self-worth. You don’t need to make grand gestures –small acts of kindness like making a friend a cup of tea or asking someone how their day is going have a positive impact on your own wellbeing.

5. Take notice

Paying more attention to the present moment (your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you) can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". The University Chaplaincy service runs free mindfulness and meditation sessions.

More tips

  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Drink sensibly
  • Sleep well
  • Learn time management and study skills
  • Enjoy downtime, relax and have some fun

Find out more about looking after your mental wellbeing.

No matter how well we try to look after ourselves, we all need some support sometimes. This is especially important for people who experience mental health difficulties.

Find out about mental health resources available.

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