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Take notice and connect with the five ways to wellbeing

In our recent series of wellbeing workshops one of the things we looked at was the five ways to wellbeing.

The New Economics Foundation (NEF), an independent think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice, was commissioned to develop a set of evidence based actions to improve wellbeing. They summarised their findings into five areas:

Connect with the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Social relationships are key to promoting good wellbeing. 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.

Be active – exercising makes you feel good. Go for a walk or run, step outside, cycle, play a game, garden, dance. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice – be curious. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning – 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 will improve your self-esteem and confidence as well as increasing your satisfaction levels.

Give – 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.

When we asked pharmacists attending our workshops what fills up their wellbeing these were some of their responses:

Connect: spend time with family and friends, love, share good news and happy time, eat out with friends and family, watch their football team win, be positive, give and receive praise, religious activities, have a massage, play with the children, engage with others, love

Be active: exercise, play sport, go to the park with the children, take a walk, go outdoors, dig the garden

Take notice: beautiful scenery, deep breathing, driving, environment, freedom, holidays, me time, meditation, moonlight, music, relaxation, sunshine

Keep learning: achieving goals, being challenged, being creative, DIY, doing something new, films, I-pad, reading, theatre, variety in life

Give: compliments, cooking/baking, helping others, job well done, making somebody smile, volunteering, work

We want to encourage and inspire you to improve your wellbeing so look out for regular posts on how you can link into national events, have some fun, increase your wellbeing and maybe even raise some money!

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