In Hull we have worked collectively with our communities, and with our health and social care colleagues to understand what you think locally. The outcome of our work has highlighted the following key areas, detailed below that we can all consider improving our general mental wellbeing.
It is important that you connect with the people around you:
It is always a good idea to discuss with the people around you how you are feeling as they maybe things they can do to help. Sometimes just having a shoulder to lean on can help you to feel supported and less alone.
You don't have to go to the gym. They are lots of activities that you can take part in no matter what your activity levels maybe. Take a walk, go for a bike ride take up gardening or join an arts and crafts class. Find a hobby that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
Even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering with local groups and organisations, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.