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Have You Heard of the Five Ways to Wellbeing?

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The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a great way to start understanding more about how you can look after and improve your mental health. How do you keep on top of your mental health?  We’re looking for your top tips to share on this page. Why not share your tips with our community by sharing on social media using our hashtag #NUFhealth

 

1. Connect

Spend time with the people around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Human beings are social animals – we need each other. Talking to people and building relationships with those around you will help you to feel happier, healthier and supported.

What can you do to connect more with people?

Share your tips on social media using our hashtag #NUFhealth

It can be easier to text or message your mate rather than talk face to face, especially when tackling a difficult subject. Why not reach out to a mate and tell them that you’re there if they need you?  It’s a great way to kick off a conversation.

Why not invite them to watch the match with you?

 

2. Be active

Exercise is great for your mental health as well as your physical health. It releases feel good chemicals in your brain and it’s a chance to catch up with other people. Exercising together can be an easy way to start a conversation with someone.

At Newcastle United Foundation we have lots of opportunities for you to get into exercise…

You can also find out what’s going on in your local area by visiting your council website.

In Newcastle, Active Newcastle have a range of options

 

3. Take notice

When do you exist entirely in the moment? When you are watching a football match and you are absorbed in the game, this might be a time when you are most mindful.

Life can be very busy and chaotic, with our minds constantly on the go, thinking and worrying about work, family life, friendships, money etc the list goes on. Taking a moment and paying attention to how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste can calm your mind and help you to deal with tough emotions that you might be experiencing.

Next time you’re stressed try this…. focus on your breathing – breath in through the nose for a count of 5 and exhale out through the mouth for a count of 5 – try and focus on how your body feels and what you notice about your surroundings

If we took just 1 minute per day to stop and relax, we would allow our mind to be still and our body to be calm.  A bit like a computer sometimes we need to switch off before we can reboot and start again.

Great ways to be mindful can be to spend some time outdoors, to ‘declutter’

There are some great online courses available from the NHS – you can find those here.

We also love this great set of relaxation techniques!

 

4. Keep learning

What have you always wanted to learn? It doesn’t have to be formal learning in a college. It can be a sport, a skill the possibilities are endless. Why not write down a few things and look into doing it?

You could visit the library.

Look at classes in adult and community learning.

WEA also offer some interesting courses on all sorts of things from photography to woodwork.

ReCoCo also offer a programme of peer-led education.

There are also all kinds of resources available from the NHS.

 

5. Give back

Volunteering is about giving your time and using your skills, without pay, for the benefit of other people or the local community. There’s so much you can get from it too.

You can learn new skills, build confidence and meet new people. You get a chance to be part of something great.

There’s loads of volunteering opportunities are listed here but you could also approach a charity or community group you know.

You can also volunteer on the wide range of programmes that the Newcastle United Foundation offer within the community. For more info contact David.Shotton@nufc.co.uk