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
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
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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