In 2008 the New Economics Foundation published a report based on research that identified 5 crucial ways in which we can look after our own mental wellbeing. It was an important report and you can find it here: https://neweconomics.org/2008/10/five-ways-to-wellbeing.
During the Sundays of July and the first Sunday in August Rebecca and Andy are going to look at what we can learn from these principles and how they connect with our faith and with Church. The five Ways are:
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and
neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of
these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.
Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance.
Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical
activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the
changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work,
eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and
what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you
appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.
Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an
instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy
achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile.
Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in.
Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be
incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
We’re planning to cover them in a slightly different order so it will be:
July 4th: Be Active
July 11th: Keep Learning
July 18th: Connect
July 25th: Give
August 1st: Take Notice
We hope that you will find this useful and we’d love to hear from you if you have found the 5 ways helpful in the past or start doing some things differently because of thinking about them.