5 ways to wellbeing

One of the Key Lines of Enquiry that we are addressing as part of the process is wellbeing.

Although well established now, but its worth revisiting the New Economic Foundations 5 ways to wellbeing

These are summarised below.  Are they still relevant?  In Birmingham which areas do we need to give more support to people?  How can the city improve its “offer” to support residents?

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of  these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing  them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active…
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance.  Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical  activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice…
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning…
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

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  1. A lovely middle-class dream, we are not all in a position to achieve, for some there are some major achievements before this can happen, staying safe warm and well just for a start. Not to say the above aren’t great, but when you make a policy or commission services, remember basic human needs need to be met and for many, they aren’t


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