The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a wellbeing equivalent of 'five fruit and vegetables a day'. It is recommended that individuals build the Five Ways (which are described in the boxes below) into their daily lives to improve their wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
1. Connect... with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
2. Be active... Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
3. Take notice... Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
4. Keep learning... Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
5. Give... Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Find out how you can use the Five Ways to Wellbeing here
If things aren't going so well, ask for help...
If you're concerned about your state of mind and are feeling low or anxious, it's a good idea to start talking about your feelings with friends and family. If you prefer, you can visit your GP.
Don't feel ashamed of how you're feeling. Worries about mental health are the second most common reason for visiting a doctor, so you're not alone.
You can also get information and advice from the organisations below:
Telephone: 0845 46 47
Community Advice & Listening Line
Freephone: 0800 132 737 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Or text 'help' to: 81066
The Community Advice & Listening Line offers a confidential listening and emotional support service, and information/literature on mental health and related matters to people in Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service.
Telephone: 0845 90 90 90 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
The Samaritans is a national helpline offering confidential, emotional support to anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Face-to-face meetings at local offices by arrangement.
Telephone: 0845 766 0163 (Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm)
The MindInfoLine offers callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues.
More information for professionals is available here.