Five Ways to Well-being *
Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to well-being. Talk to someone instead of sending a WhatsApp, Facebook or Snapchat message. Put five minutes aside to find out how someone is really feeling.
Regular exercise and physical activity reduce depression and anxiety. Take the stairs, not the lift or escalator. Walk, jog or run.
Enjoying and savouring the moment enhances your well-being. Have a “clear-the-clutter” day. Be sensitive and aware of the people around you.
Learning enhances your self-esteem and encourages social interaction and higher levels of well-being. Consider setting yourself a new challenge. Discover a new interest or hobby.
Acts of kindness increase happiness and well-being. Give an hour of your time to a voluntary organisation. Do a good deed for someone.
*Adapted from Mental Health Ireland’s Plan to Protect Your Mental Health
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.
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