Making positive changes in your life can help you feel better, happier and more in control of your health and wellbeing; which ultimately improves your mental health. 

The following five ways to wellbeing have been shown to improve your mental health and you can find out more about them on other websites such as the NHS.

Five ways to wellbeing: 

We need all kinds of relationships to be happy and keep our minds healthy. With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone on the phone or face to face, instead of texting or messaging them
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Tell your family or friend something about your day
  • Walk home, to work or to the bus with someone

One way to make new friends is by joining a local group to connect with others and find something you might enjoy doing.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Families Directory Glos

You're Welcome Glos

Your Circle Glos

Being active makes us feel happy! it releases endorphins to our brain which make us feel good. 

There are many ways you can get active and our coaches can help find the right way for you. 

Visit our Activity page to find out more. 

Taking notice is about listening to how you are feeling and being kind to yourself. This can be called 'mindfulness'. Some ways people practice this are to:

  • Enjoy the moment. Instead of thinking about the future or past - be in the present 
  • Sit quietly for a while and concentrate on your breathing
  • Focus on how you're feeling in the moment
  • try meditating - apps such as Calm and Headspace are useful tools for this  

Volunteering is a great way to help the people around you and to connect with others. 

Gloucestershire has lots of organisations that can help you find a volunteering opportunity that is right for you. 

Search for volunteering opportunities here 

There is always something new to learn and something new to try and succeed at.   

Learning new things can make you feel confident, as well as being fun. There are lots of things you could try - here are a few ideas.