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Looking after yourself

Researchers from The New Economics Foundation found that there are five factors to feeling and staying well. Click here to visit their website.


1. Connecting with other people

Our relationships are critical to how we value ourselves and feel valued by others. Making time to talk to people instead of emailing or texting may be helpful. Taking time to ask how friends, family and colleagues are and really listening when they tell you is essential to keeping us connected with the people that matter most in our lives.

2. Being active

Physical exercise releases “feel good” chemicals called endorphins which make you feel better and more positive.  This can be a short walk, gardening or housework, anything that gets you moving.

3. Taking notice

Take notice of what’s around you, enjoy the moment. Being aware of what’s around you can make you think more about what’s really important in your life.

4. Learning

Learning something new (especially at The Recovery College!) can help promote your well-being . Meeting new people, learning new skills or developing a new hobby that makes you feel good, can be very satisfying. Doing something that you enjoy will help you to set goals and look forward, helping you on your road to recovery.

5. Giving

Research suggests that people who give to others rate themselves as happier. This might be doing a favour for someone, donating or even becoming a volunteer. There are many organisations that would welcome your help even for an hour or two a month.


The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Minds Team have produced some very helpful resources on keeping well that you might find helpful. Please click here for more information.