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Five ways to wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation advises five ways to help improve our emotional wellbeing and build up resilience.

In England, Wales and Scotland it's called Five Ways to Wellbeing and in Northern Ireland it's Take 5.


Try to do something different today and make a connection with others:

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email - perhaps you can have a chat via Microsoft Teams or Zoom or simply pick up the phone
  • Speak to someone new
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

Be active

Exercise is essential, but it doesn't need to be intense for you to feel good:

  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you start work in the morning
  • Try an online group workout - maybe a dance class, keep fit class or yoga

Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can make you more aware of your surroundings:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting - they may not be sitting next to you but you can still support them
  • Stand outside in the evening and appreciate the sunset
  • Try mindfulness


Continued learning makes for a more active life and higher levels of wellbeing:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club - hold online meetings to discuss what you've read
  • Do a crossword or sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word – and use it!
  • CSSC have learning pages


People who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy:

  • Many people are volunteering and giving back
  • Try and do something kind at least once a week
  • At home, ask someone how they are, and really want to hear the answer
  • Thank someone - when you do your shopping thank the cashier, take part in the weekly Thursday night Clap for Carers or show your appreciation on social media
  • Volunteer for the NHS
  • Get the shopping for someone who is having to self isolate