This weeks ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ is to ‘build connections’ with people around you. Good relationships are important for your wellbeing. They can:
- Help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
- Give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
- Provide emotional support and allow you to support others
There are lots of things you could try:
- Make time to be with your family – Family time is a great way to build stronger and closer relationships. You could arrange a time to do an activity together, or share a conversation.
- Reach out – Do not be afraid to make the first move and reach out to someone you have not heard from in a while. They will probably be very grateful to hear from you. Send them a message and let them know you care.
- Video calls – Phone calls are amazing, and are a fantastic way to stay connected. However, seeing someone’s face really can make a huge difference. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely. There are lots of video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime, that you could use. Give it a go – you could really brighten someone’s day.
- Find a positive online community – There are lots of positive online communities, where you can make new friends, get inspired and chat about things you care about. You could try searching for groups involved in music or TV shows you are passionate about. Remember to avoid anything that encourages you to do things which are harmful for your physical or mental health. If you are worried by things you are experiencing online, talk to someone you trust. Follow this link for tips about how to have a positive time online.
- Join ‘Kooth’ – the online mental wellbeing community. You can start or join a conversation with the Kooth community.
- Play an online game with your friends. Here are a few suggestions you may like to try:
Whatever you decide to do on ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ we would like to encourage you to continue to share it with us by sending a photo or a few sentences about what you did to email@example.com
Last week’s Wellbeing Wednesday submission came from Leona Lawther who has started a new hobby doing diamond art and Shawn Poxton who has been baking chocolate orange bread and olive bread. Sam Scott has also been out singing for his elderly neighbours during clap for carers each week.