5 Steps of Wellbeing

Be Active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also 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

 

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

try to

Take the stairs not the lift

Go for a walk at lunchtime

Walk into work – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well

Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work

Organise a work sporting activity

Have a kick-about in a local park

Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning

Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing

Don't

Feel that you have to spend hours in a gym. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life.

 DoingOurBit

DoingOurBit is an online platform available to all NHS and social care colleagues which offers free fitness workouts and mental wellbeing resources.

Free to use, it’s the ideal way to workout with the encouragement of instructors. 

#DoingOurBit is great for everyone, especially if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, or just want more information on wellbeing resources.

Register here – and spread the word amongst your NHS and social care friends and colleagues too. 

Blue Light Hiking

Blue Light Hiking provides all Blue Light employees access to Well-being Walks across the UK. Our events are designed to support participants and offer real benefits. They focus on improving the physical and mental well-being of participants, whilst connecting like mind people and building team spirit in a safe place.
To access the walks, visit www.nhshiking.co.uk

We have lots of resources on our Health and Wellbeing page!

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