by Monica Koster

Tips for Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state - how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.

Having a Good Wellbeing Means That You Can:

  • Feel confident, have a positive self- esteem

  • Feel and express a range of emotions

  • Build and maintain good relationships with others

  • Live and work productively

  • Cope with the stress that daily life brings

  • Adapt and manage when there is change or uncertainty

How to Improve Your Wellbeing

The first step you need to take in order to improve your wellbeing, is to work out what is affecting it; eg. relationship problems, study worries... However, sometimes, there can be no reason. Past experiences such as child abuse, violence, neglect, trauma, discrimination, homelessness, health conditions, poverty, involvement in a serious accident can all make you more vulnerable to an experience of poor wellbeing.

There are five things you can do to improve your Wellbeing, counteracting whatever is affecting it. 

  • Give: Giving your time to other people, for example by doing volunteer work, can help you look at things from a different perspective, and it is extremely rewarding.
  • Connect: Connecting with other people and building positive relationships can help you feel a greater sense of belonging. You can do this by making more time for those you love, and by meeting with people face to face, not just through social media. Having a minimum of three people close to you can be enough to protect you from a physiological disorder. Joining a group and meeting others who share your interests can improve your confidence and build your support group. Opening up to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel. Just acknowledging your feelings can help.

  • Take Notice: Taking notice of other people and the things that give you joy, is essential for your wellbeing. Just being aware of people and things around you will expand your view on everything!

  • Keep Learning: Embracing new experiences and opportunities can be a confidence booster and gives you a sense of achievement. You might even surprise yourself!

  • Be active: RUN! Running not only extends your fitness levels, but also improves your mood and mental health. If running isn't for you, just do what you enjoy! Go for a walk, to the gym, swim or a bike ride.