Your Winter Five Ways to Wellbeing

We’re encouraged to eat at least five fruit and vegetables a day to take care of our physical health, but what about our mental health?

Research carried out by the New Economics Foundation found that there are five ways to wellbeing.

Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give

Here are some ideas for winter activities related to the five ways to wellbeing :

Connect

  • Set up a group chat with friends and/or family to plan winter activities
  • Write a card to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Make a playlist for someone in your life and chat about it together

Get active

  • Do stretches or gentle movement that works for you
  • If you can, try and get outside every day – even for just 5 minutes
  • Go for a walk to see winter decorations and lights in your local community

Take notice

  • Take notice of the seasons changing and the effect it has on your surroundings
  • Buy an amaryllis bulb and watch it grow throughout the winter months
  • Take up a mindful indoor hobby like journaling or knitting

Keep learning

  • Try out a new winter recipe (see Alan’s sweet potato here: https://bit.ly/3FI1Yx7)
  • Listen to a podcast or audiobook about a topic you don’t know about
  • Ask questions and learn from the people around you

Give

  • Try and shop local when buying gifts during the festive period
  • Donate or volunteer your time to a cause in your community
  • Raise awareness of causes on social media by sharing posts about issues that are important to you

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