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Five Ways to Wellbeing

NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing a new health and wellbeing campaign being launched by Essex County Council.

The countywide ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ campaign shares five ways that are proven to improve health and wellbeing.

Each of the 5 ways; Be Active, Take Notice; Keep Learning; Give and Connect will launch separately over the year with a short film central to all. The film can be viewed here.

Caroline Rassell, Accountable Officer for NHS Mid Essex CCG, said: “Over the past year we have been supporting lots of ways to have a conversation with local people about how they can Live Well.

The 5 ways to Wellbeing campaign is a great way for us to continue this conversation and help signpost our communities to services that will support them to stay healthy and improve their wellbeing.”

Director of Wellbeing, Public Health & Communities, Mike Gogarty said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is a key priority in all of the work we do. Through 5 Ways to Wellbeing we aim to raise awareness about how individuals can improve both their physical and mental health, by following these 5 steps.”

“Even the smallest change can make a real difference, whether it’s walking to the shops rather than driving, learning to play an instrument or giving up your time to volunteer, you will notice the benefits right away.”

Below are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

Be Active launched on 16th May and is all about promoting keeping active and healthy. It is about showing that you don’t have to go to the gym but things like taking a walk, cycling or even gardening can have benefits to your health. We want to help people find an activity that they enjoy and encourage them to make it part of their life going forward.

Take Notice is the second of the 5 ways and is about being be more aware of the present moment, including 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.

The third of the 5 ways is 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 is the fourth of the 5 ways and aims to show that 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.

The last of the 5 ways is Connect. This means connecting with people around you, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing these relationships.

For more information on the five ways to wellbeing campaign please click here.