5 Steps of Wellbeing

Connect with others

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • 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

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

Try to

Take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together

Arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while

Switch off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family

Have lunch with a colleague

Visit a friend or family member who needs support or company

Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. Find out how to volunteer on the GOV.UK website

Make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart

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

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