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Wellbeing Week at Host
This week, 10th-16th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week. The week’s aim is to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems. But that’s not all, it’s also to inspire people to take action and promote good mental health for all.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
With this in mind, we’re spending the week focusing on some simple actions that can help improve your wellbeing. But as we know what works for one person, may not for another: that’s why we’re looking at five different ways to wellbeing this week.
The connections we have help support and enrich us every day. So, it’s important to take the time to get to know your flatmates, keep in touch with friends and family and extend your social network.
Why not organise a night in (or out) with your flatmates so you can spend some quality time together? Reach out to your friends or family back home and have a good catch-up with them. Or whether it’s a new interest or hobby, join a club or society – it’s a great way to meet new people.
2. Get Active
We all know exercise is good for your body, but it can be good for your mind too. When you exercise, endorphins (the feel-good hormone) are released; making it a good way to deal with negative thoughts and feelings.
The good thing with exercise, is there are so many activities to choose from. From walking and running, to cycling and dancing, you’re sure to find something that you enjoy.
3. Be Mindful
Noticing what is going on in your body and mind is an important skill for staying mentally healthy. Take time to check in with your thoughts and feelings. By paying attention to the present moment, you might enjoy things more and even notice things you would have missed.
Some simple mindful activities you could try include practising breathing techniques, meditation and yoga.
4. Keep Learning
Learning keeps our brains healthy and the sense of achievement we get from learning something new can be great for our mood. So, why not take some time to try something new or rediscover an old interest?
We’re not saying you have to learn a new language overnight; it could be something as simple as taking a quiz, completing a crossword or a creative activity such as painting or sewing.
You could even take some time to learn more about mental health and wellbeing through podcasts; some of which are available through the Mental Health Foundation. Topics include Mental Health and Sport, Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing and Stigma.
5. Give to Others
We’ve spoken before about how helping others can be beneficial for your own mental health and in turn your wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health.
Whether it’s a friend or family member, someone in your local community or even the environment, by helping them, you’re likely to help yourself at the same time!
For some top ideas, check out the Mental Health Foundation’s 50 Random Acts of Kindness:
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