As lockdown restrictions ease, it is still important that we continue to pay close attention to our own mental health and wellbeing and that of those around us.
Extensive research has shown there are five simple activities you can incorporate into daily life to improve your sense of wellbeing.
Brighton and Hove City Council have a new colourful A5 leaflet that can be used by professionals with clients and as a resource for yourself, friends, and family. Click here to view or download.
They have introduced the acronym ‘CLANG’ as a good way to remember what the ‘5 Ways’ are.
Connect: Reach out to your local community, neighbourhood, colleagues, family and friends.
Learn: Learning new things can be fun and can improve your confidence. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Share what you have done with others.
Be Active: Exercising makes us feel good. If you can get outside, try and go for a walk everyday. Discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take Notice: Look out as well as in. Notice your senses and what’s around you. Pay attention to the present moment. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”.
Give: Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your wellbeing by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward, purpose and self-worth. They also help you connect with other people.
Think of these as your 5 a day for positive wellbeing.
For more information about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and find further resources to help you improve your enjoyment of life, self-confidence and engagement with the world around you take a look at:
Every Mind Matters:
For young people YMCA Online digital wellbeing:
In need of immediate support?
Call the Sussex Mental Healthline provides direct support for mental wellbeing and signposting to other services. 24/7 0300 5000 101.
Suicidal? Need someone to talk to?
Call Samaritans on 116 123
Also look at Preventing Suicide in Sussex:
The Grassroots Suicide Prevention App has lots of ideas about how to keep safe from suicide: