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Lockdown life is not easy and is having a negative impact on many of us in terms of wellbeing. These 5 areas are key to our wellbeing and help us to cope with the kinds of adverse circumstances in which many of us find ourselves.


Connection with others.

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can be pursued in the virtual space if necessary and whilst this is not ideal, any connection with others will:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth

  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences

  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

Exercise

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem

  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them

  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

Learning new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem

  • helping you to build a sense of purpose

  • helping you to connect with others


Giving to Others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward

  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth

  • helping you connect with other people

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.


Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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