It’s key to give yourself time just for you every now and then to make sure you stay happy and healthy. Take a look at Sandwell’s Feelgood6, six ways to help you feel good in your day-to-day life.
Taking the time to connect with friends, family, people at work or your neighbours can enrich your day-to-day life. Here are some top tips to help you connect more.
- Try having lunch with someone new every so often.
- Ask your neighbour how they are.
- Research local groups you could join.
- Create some time and organise a fun activity with your friends/family.
Something as simple as taking your dog on a walk around the neighbourhood can help make you feel better. Here are some great tips to help you move more.
- Get off the bus one stop earlier.
- Park further away than you need to, so you have to walk a little further.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift.
- Go on a walk on your lunch break.
- Take up a sport.
Take a look at this great list of easy exercises to try that the NHS has put together.
Taking a bit of time to stop and focus on the moment and enjoy the outdoors can help lift your spirits. Here are a few tips to help you notice more.
- Visit somewhere local you’ve never been to.
- Walk to a park, take a deep breath. What do you see?.
- Focus on what has made you happy in the past week.
Set yourself a challenge. Leaning something new will help make you feel great in yourself. Here are a couple of quick tips to help you learn more.
- Learn a craft hobby.
- Go along to a class or sign up to a course.
- Take an online course.
- Watch some online video tutorials for a new skill.
Being kind to friends, family and even strangers can help make us feel great on the inside. Below are a few great tips to help you give more.
- Donate old clothes to charity.
- Buy a coffee for the person in front of you.
- Register for the organ donation register.
- Let someone out in traffic in front of you.
- Take a friend’s dog for a walk.
Talking about our feelings and aspirations is a great way to make us feel better. Here are a couple of tips to help you talk more.
- If you find talking about your feelings uncomfortable, try starting the conversation by talking about something else first.
- Don’t like talking face-to-face? Use text, email, messenger etc.
There are loads of great charities and organisations you can get in touch with for more guidance on health and wellbeing. For example, The Wellbeing Hub, Route2Wellbeing and BeMindful.