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New Year, New You: Mastering 5 Wellbeing Strategies


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As a new year unfolds, it brings with it the promise of change and growth. At Avery Therapy, we recognize that these transitions, while full of potential, need not be forced. 


Embracing this new beginning, we're excited to introduce our latest insights on the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', a holistic approach to fostering mental health, emphasizing the importance of integrating key practices into our daily lives. 


The New Economics Foundation's report, which serves as the basis for these strategies, offers a comprehensive exploration into enhancing wellbeing. You can delve into this insightful research here; it has continued to evolve and has been used in various contexts.


This approach serves as a guide to improve our mental and emotional health, especially as we set new goals and resolutions. 


Understanding and adopting these steps is vital in maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life, reminding us that caring for our mental health is beneficial and essential.



Connecting with Colleagues

"Connect," the first of the '5 Ways to Wellbeing,' emphasizes the immense value of social connections in enhancing mental health. Engaging meaningfully with others can lead to a sense of belonging and community, essential for our emotional wellbeing. 


Here are practical ways to foster these connections:


  • Initiate Conversations: Start small talks with colleagues or neighbours.

  • Lunch Meetings: Share meals with coworkers or friends.

  • Join Groups or Clubs: Participate in interest-based groups.

  • Volunteer: Engage in community service.

  • Digital Communication: Utilize technology to keep in touch.

  • Work Collaborations: Team up for projects or brainstorming sessions.


These actions can help build and strengthen relationships, contributing significantly to our mental wellness.



Physical Activity as a Mental Health Tool

"Get Active" is the second pillar in the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', underscoring the link between physical activity and improved mental health. Regular physical activity can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting self-esteem and cognitive function. 


Here are some simple, effective ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine:

  • Stair Climbing: Opt for stairs instead of elevators.

  • Walking Meetings: Conduct meetings while walking.

  • Stretching Breaks: Take short breaks for stretching during work hours.

  • Cycling to Work: If feasible, cycle instead of driving.

  • Joining a Fitness Class: Enroll in yoga, dance, or aerobics classes.

  • Team Sports: Participate in local sports leagues or informal group games.


These activities not only improve physical health but also enhance mental wellbeing by fostering a sense of achievement and social interaction.



Mindfulness and Awareness

"Take Notice" is about mindfulness – being fully present and engaged at the moment and appreciating your environment. This helps in reducing stress and enhancing focus. 


Here are ways to incorporate mindfulness into your workday:

  • Mindful Breathing: Take a few minutes for deep breathing exercises.

  • Enjoy Nature: Spend time in green spaces during breaks.

  • Gratitude Journaling: Note down things you're grateful for each day.

  • Mindful Eating: Focus on the taste and experience of your meals.

  • Workspace Personalization: Add elements like plants to create a pleasant environment.

  • Pause and Observe: Regularly take moments to observe your surroundings or sensations.



Lifelong Learning for Mental Wellbeing

"Learn," the fourth principle of '5 Ways to Wellbeing,' highlights the mental health benefits of continuous learning and skill development. Engaging in new learning experiences can enhance self-esteem, foster a sense of achievement, and improve mental agility. 


Here are ways to integrate learning into daily work life:

  • Online Courses: Enroll in courses related to your field or interests.

  • Reading: Allocate time for reading books or articles.

  • Skill Workshops: Attend workshops or webinars.

  • Mentorship: Either mentor someone or find a mentor.

  • Cross-Training: Learn about different roles in your organization.

  • Discussion Groups: Start or join groups discussing industry trends or innovations.



The Power of Giving and Kindness

The final principle, "Give," focuses on the mental health benefits of altruism and generosity. Helping others can increase personal happiness, create a sense of belonging, and reduce stress. 


Here are ways to engage in acts of kindness:

  • Small Gestures: Offer help to colleagues or friends in small ways.

  • Volunteering: Participate in local community services or charity events.

  • Random Acts of Kindness: Engage in unexpected kind acts for others.

  • Fundraising Initiatives: Organize or participate in fundraising for a cause.

  • Mentoring: Offer guidance and support to someone in your professional or personal circle.

  • Team Projects: Collaborate in workplace initiatives that benefit others.


Final Say on Wellbeing Strategies

As we welcome the new year, it's a perfect time to embrace the '5 Ways to Wellbeing'. This approach offers a foundation for enhancing mental health through meaningful connections, physical activity, mindfulness, continuous learning, and acts of kindness. 


While integrating these practices into our daily lives, remember there's no pressure to perfect them all at once. The new year offers a fresh start, an opportunity to adopt these habits for improved mental wellbeing gradually. 


Remember these 5 ways to wellbeing:


Connect with others to build meaningful relationships 

Get Active to improve both physical and mental wellbeing 

Take Notice through mindfulness to appreciate the present moment

Learn by engaging in new experiences for cognitive growth

and Give through acts of kindness to boost happiness. 


Incorporating these practices into your daily routine can lead to a more fulfilling and balanced life.


 

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and taking the first step toward recovery is an act of courage.


You are not alone in this journey, and with the proper support and treatment, it is possible to overcome any struggles and reclaim your life. If you want more information about our counsellors, please visit and book a session with a therapist here at Avery Therapy Centre. Remember, you have the power to prioritize your mental health and embark on a path to a brighter future.


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