When it comes to our wellbeing there’s no sure-fire, one size fits all remedy, but there are six proven areas that can help us to improve our moods, strengthen our relationships, reduce the risk of depression and even increase our life expectancy. These are known as the ‘6 Ways to Wellbeing’; they are getting active, taking notice, connecting with others, caring for the planet, learning, and giving to others.

The 6 ways to wellbeing are a part of everything we do at ESTEEM, and throughout this year we’ll be centring what we get up to around them; with each two-month period dedicated to one of the areas.

Get active:

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. 

Why get active?

  • Helps raise your self-esteem
  • Lets you set and achieve goals; makes you more disciplined
  • Releases endorphins improving your mood

Do:

  • Start with small goals and build up.
  • Find activities that you enjoy!
  • Find local activities or clubs, or join a gym; whatever’s comfortable for you.
  • Research what to do and what to avoid with exercise.
  • Be consistent, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t have the  motivation some days, everyone deserves a rest!

Don’t:

  • Spend hours of each day exercising or working out. Like most things, physical activity is healthy to an extent; don’t exhaust yourself. Be sure to find a balance that works for you!

Ways to get active in and around Shoreham:

  • Try getting involved in some ESTEEM activities; yoga, volleyball, sports in the park, and boxing.
  • Join a gym.
  • Home workouts.
  • Free outdoor gym equipment at Buckingham park, Hove park, Lancing beach.
  • Make a change – walk smaller journeys instead of drive.

Take Notice:

Research has shown that taking notice of yourself and your surroundings, being aware of your feelings and those around you, directly enhances wellbeing.

Why take notice?

  • Helps you to live more in the moment
  • Makes you more compassionate and caring toward those around you
  • Helps you to recognise and focus on the positives of life

Do:

  • Take walks
  • Be curious
  • Be grateful for even the little things
  • Practice mindfulness in your own way; there’s no right or wrong way

Don’t:

  • Worry about losing focus 
  • Feel you have to 

Ways to take notice in and around Shoreham:

  • Take part in ESTEEM’s regular yoga sessions and walk and talks. 
  • Download a mindfulness app, like Calm or Headspace.
  • Write down 5 things you’re grateful for at the end of everyday.
  • Check-in with yourself, take time out of your day to consider how you’re feeling.
  • Journaling: writing down your emotions good and bad
  • Join a local walking group.

Connect with others:

Evidence indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need. Good relationships are really important for wellbeing.

Why connect with others?

  • Helps create a sense of belonging and improved self-worth.
  • Gives a space to share with others; both the positive and negative.
  • Builds a support system and togetherness.

Do:

  • Step out of your comfort zone.
  • Make an effort to be around and check-in with those who matter to you.
  • Have regular conversations.
  • Make the most of technology to keep in contact over long distances.

Don’t:

  • Force yourself into really uncomfortable situations that will cause you more stress than good.
  • Feel you have to be social. Allow yourself alone-time.

Ways of connecting with others in and around Shoreham:

  • Get involved in some group activities at ESTEEM; Drop Ins, volunteering, trips, and activities.
  • Find an activity you enjoy on Meetup and Facebook Events.
  • Online gaming.
  • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Find a regular hobby you enjoy.

Learning:

The process of being inquisitive, setting goals, and continuing to learn and expand your knowledge and skills is proven to be beneficial for wellbeing.

Why learn?

  • Helps to further build a sense of purpose.
  • Keeps you from getting complacent.
  • Boosts self-confidence and skill set.
  • Can help you to connect with others.

 Do:

  • Consider signing up for a course; online or in person.
  • Keep an open mind; you may really enjoy something you’d never expect.
  • Try to stay motivated to try out a variety of new skills and hobbies.

Don’t:

  • Feel that you need to take a full course and have qualifications to learn something. 
  • Feel that you’re ‘too old’ to start something.

Ways of learning in and around Shoreham:

Give to others:

Evidence suggests that the act of giving to another promotes improved wellbeing in people across all age groups.

Why give to others?

  • Giving to others improves your own sense of self-worth and purpose.
  • It creates a sense of reward knowing others will benefit.
  • Helps you connect with others.

Giving to others doesn’t have to just be a monetary donation to a charity, it can come in the form of small acts of kindness too.

Ways of giving to others in and around Shoreham:

  • Volunteer in your local community, (you can volunteer with ESTEEM here).
  • Ask people how they are, how their day’s been.
  • Offer your help to a friend or family member.
  • Make a monetary donation to a charity, (you can donate to ESTEEM here.)
  • Donate any clothes, books and other items you no longer need to a charity shop.

Care for the planet:

Being in nature can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, tension, and the production of stress hormones; resulting in an improved wellbeing.

Why care for the planet?

  • Preserving our own environment and that of other living things gives a real sense of achievement and purpose.
  • There are numerous physical and mental health benefits to being in nature.
  • We create a more positive future for further generations.
  • Help to manage the stresses of eco-anxiety about the future of the planet.

Do:

  • Try and live a more sustainable way of life.
  • Find an area that matters to you and join a like minded community
  • Take breaks! Like any area of activism, burnout can be a real issue. 
  • Get out into nature, remember what we’re trying to protect.

Don’t: 

  • Feel total responsibility for the state of the planet. The state, large corporations and media have far more responsibility for the climate and ecological crisis than you do.
  • Become overly stressed about the environment. Climate anxiety can be very damaging for a person’s wellbeing. Just do what you can for the planet and find pride in knowing you’re helping to build a better future.
  • Guilt or condescend people if they don’t want to take an active role in caring for the planet; everyone has their own choice.

Ways of caring for the planet: