Good mental health is important to everyone. Leading a life with good mental health and wellbeing also supports in having better physical health.

Emotional health or mental wellbeing is about how you are feeling and how well you can cope with your day to day life. There are some helpful things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing.

Five ways to well-being

The five ways of wellbeing are everyday areas of life that have been shown to bring the biggest boost to your happiness. Even small steps towards these wellbeing moments can bring you benefits.

Connect

Connect with the people around you, at home, work, and school or where you live Take time to talk, spend time with others- it will help support and enrich you every day.

Things you could try:

  • Join a group that introduces you to new people
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Find a way to spend quality time with your family and friends

"People connecting with me when I was at a low point made all the difference to me."

Be active

There are lots of opportunities in Kirklees for you to become more active. Most importantly, discover a way to be active that you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Things you could try:

"Being more active has changed my life, and how I feel about myself."

Take notice

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.

Things you could try:

  • Be curious.
  • Remark on the unusual.
  • Notice what is going on around you when walking to work, breaking for lunch or talking to friends.

"Making the time to reflect and noticing what my body was telling me has changed how I feel about myself."

Keep learning

Learning can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help you connect with others.

Things you could try:

  • Rediscover an old interest.
  • Sign up for that course.
  • Take on a different responsibility at work.
  • Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.

"Learning from other people and being able to pass that on is really rewarding."

Give

Linking to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around.

"Just giving an hour a week made me feel really good."

Things you could try:

  • Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger.
  • Thank someone.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Join a community group.
  • Giving makes us happier and its infectious!

Mental health online self-help options

There are also self-help options to help you overcome the difficulties you're facing.

Self-help guides

View and download a wide range of mental health self-help leaflets.

My Health Tools

My Health Tools offers support if you need help and advice with anxiety and depression.

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is a NHS support tool for a wide range of mental health issues.

NHS Moodzone

NHS Moodzone has information about coping with stress, anxiety, depression and the ups and downs of life.

Mind

Mind is a mental health charity who can give information, advice and support on a huge range of mental health topics.

Mental health foundation

The Mental health foundation is designed to give you more information about your mental health and help you to look after your own mental health.

Money and mental health

Money and mental health is an independent charity, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.

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