5 ways to well-being
Good mental health is not just the absence of a mental health disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing, as are self-esteem and self-confidence.
We all want to feel good – about ourselves and the world around us – and to be able to get the most from our lives. There is also evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health too.
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing;
- Connecting with others
- Getting Active
- Taking Notice
Increase your life expectancy
By adopting the five ways to wellbeing, you can increase your life expectancy by 7.5 years. One in four people experience mental distress during their lifetime, there’s never been a better time to take your mental health into your own hands.
Assess your well-being
You can assess your wellbeing or check your mood using Health Tools from the NHS Choices.
There are lots of little changes you can make to improve your wellbeing. NHS Better Health has with lots of free tools and support.
Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after your body. Find simple ways to lift your mental wellbeing with NHS Every Mind Matters.
If you would like to know how to access more support for issues relating to low mood, depression, anxiety, emotional problems and general mental wellbeing and also find a Counsellor near to you, access this useful directory for counselling services.
Please note we do not endorse any particular counselling service listed in the directory.