Evidence suggests there are 5 steps we can all
take to improve our mental health.
If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more
positive and able to get the most from life.
Each of the 5 steps described below contains a link which takes you to one of the NHS moodzone website sections - advice, videos and audio guides to help you improve your mental wellbeing.
Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Take notice / be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
Learn more about these 5 steps and how to practise each one in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
You can also listen to some audio guides to boost your mood.
You can also check out our mental wellbeing section to understand that every mind matters with additional support ideas
If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.
Talking to your doctor can be difficult.
The Mental Health Foundation have a very practical support section to help you prepare for a GP appointment. Click here to go to their website
They also have a booklet you can read to help you get ready to see your doctor. Click here to download the booklet
You might also like to know about the following range of self-help guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/ where there are a range of titles to support mental health issues.