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Positive Mental Health and Well-being


It's clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email

  • Speak to someone new

  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you

  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is



Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift

  • Go for a walk at lunchtime

  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey.

  • Have a kick-about in a local park.

  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you go out in the morning



Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Go for a walk in the woods

  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day

  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work/school

  • Visit a new place for lunch.




Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something new about a friend

  • Sign up for a class

  • Read the news or a book

  • Set up a book club

  • Do a crossword or Sudoku

  • Research something you’ve always wondered about

  • Learn a new word.




Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

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If you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious, we've got calming activities to help.



Calming Exercises for Kids: Breathing and Stretching

The aim of this video is to help little people manage the big emotions they experience. It includes some simple breathing exercises and stretches to help kid kids release tension and calm down when they are feeling stressed, frustrated or anxious.

When our little monkey has his mouth closed, he is breathing in. When his mouth is open, he is breathing out. During stretches, encourage your child to breath deeply and slowly.

Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

A short mindfulness video for kids. In this episode of Cosmic Kids Zen Den I explain in a kid-friendly way that we are separate from our feelings. They come ...

Yoga for Kids!

Follow along as Sophia Khan leads a fun and family-friendly introduction to yoga. You'll get to warm up, practice breathing and poses, and relax into a power down.