Wellbeing is about more than just physical health - it is about caring for the Whole self and nurturing and developing creativity, expression, skills and insight. Wellbeing is not a fixed goal but a daily opportunity and no two people have the same needs.
We all have tools around and within us to achieve good mental wellbeing and these can be developed using five key themes.
Visit our 'Self-Care Pages' to explore fresh ideas
No matter what your mental state, your level of social comfort or indeed your financial circumstance, there is always a wealth of opportunity in your community to develop the five ways to wellbeing. Some opportunities are obvious and others require some skill, effort and creative thinking to find but an activity you genuinely enjoy will always bring more long term benefit than one you force yourself to participate in. Be kind to yourself, take some time to think about what you may or may not like on a personal level and most importantly have an open mind -
always be on the look out for the next little opportunity for self-care.
Below you will find some suggestions of where to start.
The specifics are entirely up to you
Always keep in mind the five areas of focus
Connect - Be active - Take notice - Keep learning - Give
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Religion and spirituality are a matter of personal choice but both can greatly influence people's day to day wellbeing. Various means by which people manage their mental health conditions are referenced here. People anchor their lives in different ways and there should be no judgement of how a person's choice is exercised. Allow your personal belief system to work for you and find ways to integrate it into your personal wellbeing - it could be one of your greatest strengths.
If you are a person of faith and your mental health issues make it difficult to attend your place of worship, then it is worth checking if CDs/DVDs/Internet & Radio broadcasts are available for those who are homebound or have similar challenges. You may consider attending a smaller meeting or one at a different time but if you can in some way maintain a connection to others who share your faith then you will have support and the sense of acceptance and belonging will boost your wellbeing.
If you describe yourself as a spiritual person but not necessarily affiliated with any particular faith, then the same principles apply - whether you physically connect or gain support in other ways, your wellbeing will definitely benefit from nurturing your beliefs and the relationships with others around you who share them.
In all aspects of personal wellbeing, you alone can truly measure and appreciate the influence of different elements and it is perfectly OK to experiment and explore as you search for the things that work best. Your choice about whether or not to include a spiritual or religious aspect in your life is no different - as is your choice about how to integrate that decision into your overall wellbeing.
Our Trust has dedicated "Promoting Wellbeing Teams" who offer information and training that empowers people to better manage their own mental health and take their skills and knowledge into the community to help others.
Course Brochure will appear on our Forum Website Calendar as available or you can
contact your local team directly to enquire.
Armagh/Dungannon Promoting Wellbeing Team (028) 37412521
Craigavon/Banbridge Promoting Wellbeing Team (028) 38344973
Newry&Mourne Promoting Wellbeing Team (028) 30834325
Animal care - Audio books - Achievable projects - Acting as an advocate - Art - Accepting help when needed - Aromatherapy - Have an afternoon nap -
Baking - Breathing techniques - Buying a little treat - Having a Bubble bath - Bingo - Blogging - Play Boardgames - Be a tourist in own town - Bird watching
Connecting with friends - Cycling - Cinema - Crafts - Children - Coffee and chat -Church - CBT - Getting Creative - Cooking - Joining a club - Watch Cartoons -Crosswords - Stroking the cats - Burning Candles - Cloud watching - Do some Colouring in - Singing in a choir - Colouring in (its not just for kids)
Diary keeping - Daily routine - Day trips - DIY - Making a daisy chain - Having a Duvet day - Decluttering - Dog walking - Dressmaking - Dancing - Decorating -
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a favourite meal - Exercising - Establish and maintain personal boundaries
Family - Friends - Food - Fresh air - Flower arranging - Form drawing - Fishing - Faith - Get a facial - Fresh flowers
Gardening - Gym - Gratitude - Giggles and silliness - Walking barefoot on the Grass - Groups and clubs - Guided relaxation - Grooming the dog - Genealogy -
Don't hold on to grudges - Practice gratitude
Hugs - Helping others - Holidays - Getting hair done
Browsing the Internet
Journalling - Making Jam and marmalade - Doing jigsaws
Kids - Creating a keepsake box - Knitting
Live comedy - Listening to the rain - Learning something new -
Live within your means
Mental Health Service User Forum - Mindfulness - Music - Meditation - Massage - Mahjong - Have a Movie marathon or boxset Marathon - Getting a manicure -
Make someone smile each day - Motorcycle run
Trying something new - Getting nails done - Night out with friends - Try some new foods - Accept that its ok to say no - Nurture spiritual/religious life -
Take a night class
Online shopping - Organising and cleaning worktools - Sitting Outside - Watching an open fire burn - Don't over commit -
Write poetry - Pets - Painting - Prayer - Read Poetry - Looking through photographs - Making a Phonecall to a friend or family member - Playing an instrument - Photography - Going on a Picnic - Powerhosing the patio - Paintballing -
Getting a pedicure - Polishing brass - Purge email folders - Play
Running - Relaxation techniques - Reading - Reflexology -
Revisit chiildhood book favourites
Shopping - Singing - Study - Social networking - Swimming - Getting a hot towel Shave - Sea air - Suduko - Support groups - Getting the right amount of sleep - Luxurious hot shower - Get up early and watch the sun rise - Build a snowman - Start a Scrapbook - Have a wardrobe sort out - Spinning class -
Not comparing yourself with others
TV - Tai Chi - Teaching others - Theatre - Try new things - Trail biking -
Take a Training course - Therapy - Healing Tears - Team sports -
Keep to do lists manageable
Unplug the technology for a while
Voluntary work - Keep a vegetable garden
Walking - WRAP - Work role - Washing and waxing the car - Writing -
Woodworking - Write a real handwritten letter to someone special -
Write some 'real' letters
Yoga - Watching funny Youtube videos
ZZzzzzs - Get enough sleep