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It's time to improve your mental health

Published: 19 February 2018

Six simple ways you can improve your emotional and mental well-being

If you find it hard to find a few minutes to yourself due to the pressures of modern life, then the Wheel of Well-being is the perfect tool to protect and improve your emotional and mental well-being. There are six segments in the wheel which focus on areas where small changes could be made to improve your mental health which are easy to fit around busy lives.

They are:

  • Body: be active – keeping active is good for the mind as well as the body. It could be just going out for a 10 minute brisk walk, going for a bike ride or going to the gym.
  • Mind: keep learning – learning new skills can be as simple as trying a new recipe, or using a foreign language app for just 10 minutes a day.
  • Spirit: give – helping others will make you happier and it's really easy to find volunteering opportunities even if you have very little time to spare. If you can afford it, you could donate to a charity or sponsor a friend.
  • People: connect – keeping in touch with others is a great way to feel positive. Whether it's inviting friends for a meal, going out for a lunchtime walk with a colleague or messaging an old friend on Facebook.
  • Place: take notice – taking photographs while out and about or staring out of the train or bus window all helps us to notice the world around us.
  • Planet: care – reducing your waste, walking, cycling or taking public transport to work one day a week or simply switching off plugs and lights to save electricity helps both the planet and your well-being.

Maintaining good mental health is important as everyone experiences ups and downs in life, so feelings of stress, anxiety or being low at some point are completely normal. It's quite common to have negative thoughts, which are often a reaction to negative circumstances or events. But incorporating the Wheel of Well-being into your daily life will help you be healthier and happier.

To find out more about the Wheel of Well-being, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

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