We all know that it's important to look after our physical health by exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet.

But how often do you think about your mental health?

Taking care of your mental health doesn't have to be difficult. There are lots of little things we all do every day that are good for our wellbeing- sometimes without even realising!

Check out our Five Ways to Better Mental Health

We've made a film, voiced by Ruby Wax, all about our Five Ways

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You can also play our fun Hurdles game to try out getting active for yourself.

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5 Steps to Better Mental Health

1. Stay connected

 It's important to stay in touch with friends and family, especially if you're feeling down. Even if it's just having a chat over a cuppa, talking can help lift your mood.


You could:

  • Make a phone call rather than email or text
  • Meet up with that friend you haven't seen in ages
  • Join an interest group or sports club in your local area

Stay Connected
2. Get Active

 Regular physical activity has been proven to have a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing.  This doesn't mean you have to run a marathon; there are lots of other things you can do to keep active!


You could:

  • Go for a short walk at lunchtime
  • Put on your favourite song and dance around your living room
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift


Get Active

3. Take Notice

Be in the moment. Whether you're sharing a coffee with colleagues or talking with friends, being aware of the present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future is good for your wellbeing.

You could:

  • Take a different route to work or class
  • Notice how your friends or colleagues are feeling- if they don't seem themselves ask them about it
  • Remember to take pleasure in the little things- a rainbow, a sunset or a smile from a stranger in the street


Take Notice

4. Learn

Surprise yourself and try something different. Achieving a goal or learning something new can increase your confidence as well as being fun. We all have something we'd like to try. Do it today!

You could:

  • Ask a friend to recommend a book they think you would enjoy
  • Find out what classes are available in your community and sign up for something that takes your interest
  • Learn a new recipe and cook it for a friend or family member

5. Give

It feels good to give. Giving your time can be very rewarding and can connect you to your community. Research shows doing an act of kindness every week boosts your mood and increases your wellbeing!

You could:

  • Volunteer your time for a cause you feel passionate about
  • Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it more
  • Sign up to be part of Team SAMH


SAMH's 5 Ways to Better Mental Health were developed from the New Economics Foundation's Ways to Wellbeing.