Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
• Connect – Connect with people around you — family, friends, and colleagues. Spend time developing these relationships.
• Be active – Take a walk, go cycling, play a game of football, or go to the gym. Find the activity 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 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 — a smile, thank you, or kind word. Larger acts, like volunteering, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
• Take notice – Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body, and the world around you. This is called “mindfulness,” and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. (Source: NHS Choices Blog)
Mind Gardens helps people deal with life issues, including addictions, anxiety, anger, impulsiveness, depression, and finding direction in life. Join them for a free Mindful Eating Sampling on Friday, November 21 at 6pm. Learn about their 8-week class entitled, “Mindful Eating: Creating a New Relationship with Food starting Tuesday November 25 at 6pm at 484 Connecticut Street in Buffalo. Call 716-259-2994 or visit www.mindgardents.net.