When studying from home it is important to take time to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing (The Ways to Wellbeing are based on research conducted by the New Economics Foundation (NEF)). Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. Below is a workbook and some resources that you can use to practice these 5 Ways to Wellbeing from the safety of your home.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, or yoga can still have positive effects on your mood.
For example: Joe Wicks’ channel, The Body Coach TV hosts a range of high intensity and body weight workouts.
Apps: Workout for Women, Strava, Zombies, Run!, Sunsa Yoga
Learning new things is good for us and our sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, and accomplishment. Learning something new can make you more confident (and can be a fun way to stave off boredom!)
For example: Learn some basic coding through a free Codeacademy course.
Apps: Duolingo, Capitals of All Countries in the World Quiz, Fender Play Guitar Lessons, Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need. Now more than ever social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health.
For example: Video call a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while through Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts.
Apps: Draw Something, Heads Up
Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Lend a hand to someone who needs some help. Thank someone. Smile at a stranger. Volunteer your time or join a community group. Give a compliment to someone. Even little things can make someone’s day!
For example: Here’s a list of ideas for acts of kindness people can do during Covid-19 from the Mental Health Foundation.
Being mindful is about taking time to exist ‘in the moment’; and to really take notice of what is going on around you. This helps us to appreciate where we are and what we have from moment to moment, and to appreciate the things that matter.
For example: Keep a Gratitude Journal where you identify and write down 3 things you are grateful for each day.
Apps: Calm, Colorfy, Headspace
Other important factors that help contribute to good wellbeing are:
- Healthy eating and drinking water
- Sleep helps recharge our batteries, so it’s important that you get enough of it. The NHS has some useful guidance on how to get enough sleep.