Five Ways to Wellbeing

There are many things we can all do to improve our mental wellbeing every day and also to help ourselves cope during times of stress and difficulty. The Five Ways to Wellbeing include some of the most widely accepted and current approach to positively managing your own mental wellbeing.

Five Ways To Wellbeing

10 keys to happier living

Everyone’s path to happiness is different. Based on the latest research, the Action for Happiness movement have identified 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make life happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell “GREAT DREAM”.

10 Keys for happier living

Resilience

Resilience is a widely used term and most often describes how an individual copes and thrives with the different challenges in life.

Some examples of these challenges are:

  • family or relationship problems
  • health problems
  • workplace and financial worries

No one, irrespective of gender, race or wealth is immune from such challenges.

Likewise resilience is a trait we all have to different extents and also a skill we can all work on developing. Overcoming challenges can often help us develop resilience and helping people (children included) to understand this can be a useful process.

Some skills, beliefs and behaviours contribute to resilience

  • Understanding what causes your stress
  • Having your own strategies for coping and managing stress (self-talk, breathing exercises, finger tracing, being mindful)
  • Accepting yourself and your own shortcomings
  • Accepting that others have shortcomings
  • Understanding that we all face some challenges in life
  • Understand everyone fails sometimes
  • Understand everyone has talents
  • Keeping things in perspective
  • Learning to resolve conflicts and overcoming difficult tasks
  • Recognising when you need help and knowing where to get it

One You national website – Mental Health

How are you taking care of your mental health? Get expert advice and practical tips on the national One You website.

One You national website

One You recommended digital apps

Below are a range of apps, relating to mental health and wellbeing, which are recommended by One You.

 

  • Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password-protected. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Catch It teaches you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones, and improve your mental wellbeing. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Cove helps you to create music to express complex feelings. Cove is a personal musical journal to help you with your mental health. Download from the Apple Store.
  • distrACT provides quick, easy and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • eQuoo Uses adventure games designed by psychologists to increase your emotional fitness and learn new psychological skills. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Feeling Good uses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy to help improve thoughts and feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • MyPossibleSelf helps you manage fear, anxiety and stress through taking control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Stress & Anxiety Companion provides guided breathing exercises, relaxing music and games made to help calm the mind, and handle stress and anxiety on the go. Download from Google Play.
  • Student Health App provides access to more than 900 pages of reliable, regularly updated health information created for university students by NHS doctors. Download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

 

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Improving your mental wellbeing

Signposts to groups and activities you could take part in to help you promote and manage your mental health and wellbeing.

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Reading for health

We work with partners to provide lists of recommended reading on a range of topics

Reading for health initiative

Useful resources and information