12 Ways of Wellbeing

The festive season can be tough for many. Shorter days, money concerns, family issues, and a disrupted routine can amplify feelings of stress and loneliness.

We've come up with 12 Ways of Wellbeing to help. These are simple ways to take a break for yourself, by trying new things or connecting with the world around you.

Remember, these suggestions aren't a strict checklist - just ideas you can adjust to fit your needs.

1. Gratitude journaling

Gratitude journaling is a simple but effective way to focus on the positives in life. Things may feel stressful right now but write down or think of one or two things that you are happy about.

2. Look for volunteering opportunities

Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. You might find something at a local charity or on your child’s sporting team.

 Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to the community, but it can also inspire confidence and help to give a sense of purpose.

See volunteering opportunities.

3. Join a parkrun

Whether you prefer to walk or run, a parkrun is a great way to get outdoors, stay active and meet new people. They’re also a great way to take a step away and to get your mind off things in a safe, supportive environment.

Find out what parkruns are local to you.

4. Get crafting

Engaging in creative activities like crafting can be a great outlet for self-expression. You might enjoy drawing, knitting, or DIY projects. The act of creating something with your hands can feel rewarding and relaxing.

Visit your local library or community centre to see what activities are happening over the Christmas period.

5. Be mindful of your screen time

Limiting screen time can have positive effects on your mental wellbeing.

Be aware of the time spent on electronic devices, especially on social media. Consider assigning specific screen-free periods to create a more mindful and present mindset.

6. Stay active if you can

Physical activity has proven benefits for mental health. Find an exercise routine that suits your preferences - this could be a home workout, a brisk walk, or a dance class. Staying active releases endorphins, which can boost your mood.

Check out Chris Dugher’s YouTube channel for fitness Pilates and wellness sessions.

7. Donate to a food bank if possible

Contributing to a food bank is a meaningful way to support those in need during the festive season. The act of giving can bring a sense of fulfilment and connection to the community. Give as much or as little as you can.

8. Take the time to check in with neighbours or friends

This could be through a phone call, a text, or a simple gesture. Knowing that you're not alone and nurturing connections can provide emotional support.

9. Go for a winter walk

Embrace the beauty of the season by going for a winter walk. The fresh air and change of scenery can be energising, and the peaceful surroundings can offer a welcome break from this busy time.

See the amazing places to visit in the district.

10. Try mindfulness

Practice mindfulness to bring awareness to the present moment. You can achieve this through meditation, deep breathing, or mindful walking. These techniques can help reduce stress and ground you in the hectic time.

Find out more about mindfulness.

11. Get baking

Baking can be a delightful and therapeutic activity. No matter your skill level, the process of creating delicious treats can bring joy. Share your baked goods with loved ones or neighbours.

Find some simple, health and delicious recipes.

12. Learn a new skill

Learning something new can be both stimulating and rewarding. Whether it's picking up a new language, cooking a new recipe, or trying your hand at a musical instrument, learning helps to develop personal growth and a sense of accomplishment.

Keep an eye out on our Adult Education Services to see what courses are available.

Learn more about what mental health and wellbeing support is available for you.

If your life or another's is in immediate danger, call 999 or visit West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention.

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