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We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and it is important to look after both. Good mental health and wellbeing doesn’t mean you’re always happy or unaffected by your experiences, but poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life. 

Our mental health and wellbeing can be affected because of situations we’re in, things we’re doing and things beyond our control, including other people, our physical health, our finances and even the weather and world events. 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is evidence based and has been shown to have positive impacts on health and wellbeing. These are simple steps you can take every day to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing. 

1. Connect with other people 
Good relationships and connecting with others are important to build a sense of belonging and self-worth and give you an opportunity to share positive experiences. 

2. Learn new skills 
Learning new skills and doing new things can improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and helping you to build a sense of purpose.   

3. Be active 
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing 

4. Notice  
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”.

5. Give to others 
Acts of giving and kindness can help to improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings, a sense of reward and self-worth.    

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