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
We've made a film, voiced by Ruby Wax, all about our Five
You can also play our fun Hurdles game to try out getting active
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.
Make a phone
call rather than email or text
Meet up with
that friend you haven't seen in ages
interest group or sports club in your local area
|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!
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
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.
- 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
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!
- Ask a friend to recommend a book they think you would
- 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
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
- Volunteer your time for a cause you feel passionate about
- Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it
- 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