5 steps to Wellbeing...
Many factors influence our wellbeing. Evidence shows that the actions we take and the way we think have the biggest impact, this evidence suggests that there are 5 simple steps we can all take to improve our wellbeing.
Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness", and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Happy? Ok? Sad?
Mental health, or emotional wellbeing, involves feeling confident about ourselves and content with who we are. It's about having a sense of self-worth and being able to cope with life's ups and downs. Mental health is important because it influences not only how we think and feel about ourselves, but also how we think and feel about other people. Our mental health can affect how we deal with everyday life and the stresses and challenges it brings, such as relationships, money worries and coping with change
Whether you’re feeling great and want to stay that way, you’re a bit fed up; or you’re struggling to manage your feelings, the Happy Ok Sad website
has information and tips ranging from how to boost your mood, to where to get help if you’re unable to cope. The site has been developed for people living in Warrington, so some of the services are for local people only.
Hearing Voices Support Group
There is a new Tuesday support group (from 7pm-9pm) at Allen Street Day Centre, WA2 7JB (nearest bus stop is the town centre) for adults over 16 that hear voices, experience hallucinations or have any other unusual experiences.
For more information, please call Becca Lifford on 01925 666 660 or Sue Hogan on 01925 573 489 between 9am-5pm.
Male Suicide Charity Launches Webchat ServiceThe male suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) have launched a free web-chat service offering support, information and signposting to men who are depressed or in crisis.
Open every day between 5pm – midnight, users within the UK will be able to chat anonymously and confidentially to trained helpline staff. Access the web-chat on the CALM website
Creative Remedies is an Arts on Prescription scheme which has been up and running for around 4 years. Activities such as Art, Digital photography and media, Music, Read 2 relax and Performing Arts are among our current groups and staff are extra friendly as we know how hard it can be to join a group of any kind.
Group Therapies and Creative Remedies groups welcome self referral from any Warrington resident over the age of 18. All groups are free of charge and all equipment and tutors are provided and all rooms where possible are fully accessible.