Having a positive state of mind and body, and feeling good is beneficial for our own health and for our families and communities. Coping with the stresses of daily life, having a sense of purpose and connection with others are all aspects of wellbeing.
Positive mental wellbeing is much more than the absence of mental illness but more about feeling good (happy and content) and functioning well (having a sense of control over your life, and sense of purpose).
Are you often optimistic about the future? Do you sometimes feel relaxed? Do you have you any energy to spare? Do you feel confident some of the time?
Complete the online wellbeing self-assessment to get your wellbeing score. Read each of the statements and tick the box that describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks.
- Connect: with the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Join Haringey Thinking Space (external link), start your own book or gardening club. Search for community and social groups on Haricare.
- Be Active: go for a walk or run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, garden, dance - exercising makes you feel good. Make use of our green spaces or join a walking group. You can also search for outdoor activities on Haricare.
- Take Notice: be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual - notice the changing seasons in Haringey. For a range of events, see our events what's on?
- Keep Learning: try something, 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. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Free courses through Haringey Adult Learning Services (HALS). You can also search for learning opportunities on Haricare.
- Give: 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. Find out about volunteering on the Do it website (external link) or join Good Gym (external link) and do physical tasks for local community groups. You can also search for volunteering opportunities on Haricare.
Mental health problems are common. We probably all know someone experiencing difficulties. How do you start a conversation about mental health?
You don’t need to be an expert to talk. Often the small things you do and say that can make a big difference to someone – like asking ‘How are you?’ or dropping them a text to say hello.