How can I improve my mental wellbeing?

Research shows there are five ways that can really help to boost your mental wellbeing.

Five Ways to Wellbeing


With other people. Ideas for connecting:

  • Dedicate time to your relationships like you would a work meeting or homework - set times and dates and stick to them.
  • Don’t just rely on social media – arrange a face to face catch up with a friend
  • Call a friend you haven't spoken to for a while.
  • Switch off the TV tonight and play a game with your family, or just talk.
  • Put a few minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Speak to someone new today.
  • Take the plunge, join a group or club!

Be active

Find an activity. Ideas to be more active:

  • Take a walk at lunch time or after school
  • Put on your favourite song and dance
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk
  • While you’re gardening, also practice being in ‘the moment’
  • Borrow a dog and go for a walk
  • Park the car a bit further from work, and walk

Take notice

Of the world. Ideas on taking more notice:

  • Go for a walk or sit in the garden or a park. Turn off your phone for a while - Take time to look around and listen, and enjoy the sounds of nature
  • Start to relish and pay attention to a routine activity that you usually hurry through
  • When you are out and about today, stop and look at things that you normally whizz by
  • Listen to some music you love, think about how it makes you feel and what you love about it
  • Think of 3 things you are grateful for right now
  • Eat slowly and enjoy the taste of each mouthful of food
  • Try a different (but safe) route to work or school
  • Take a photo of something interesting or beautiful each day for a week

Keep learning

Try something new! Ideas for learning:

  • Read a poem each day this week
  • Visit a gallery and learn about an artist that interests you.
  • Make a scrapbook of something you are really interested in.
  • Be brave, push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new
  • Learn one positive thing from a challenging or difficult situation that will help you in the future
  • Rediscover an old hobby that challenges you
  • Take up a new challenge and keep going with it for at least 6 weeks
  • Take up an opportunity for work experience in an area that interests you


A smile, a hug, your time! Ideas on how you can get involved:

  • Be kind to someone you pass in the street this week who is having difficulty with something
  • Offer your seat to someone
  • Cook a meal for a friend or neighbour
  • Hug someone who looks like they need a hug
  • Be there for a friend in need
  • Consider if you have time to volunteer, doing something you love.
  • Tidy your room before you are asked or make someone a cup of tea

Why don’t you have a go at assessing your own feelings of well-being using the self-assessment tool?

Last reviewed: 27/08/2019