RESOURCE: Five Ways to Wellbeing, helpful advice, ideas and links!

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The “Five Ways to Wellbeing” is a set of evidence-based public mental health messages, aimed at improving peoples mental health.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give.  Paths for All have recently looked at the Five Ways in the context of keeping active, connecting to nature and each other, which are some of the key elements of health walks.

Connect – One of the great benefits of walking with a health walk group is our opportunity to connect with each other and with the nature around us and in our local parks.  In the absence of health walks, there are a number of helplines which can offer help and support:

Be Active – Staying active even if  indoors is very important over the coming weeks, especially for those who are self isolating or are in one of the high risk groups listed on NHS inform, who cannot leave the house.   Here are a few ideas for both indoors and outdoors activity:
Take Notice – Spring is such great time of year – it can inspire us and lift our spirits.  Whether we are outdoors or indoors we can find ways to continue to benefit from the calming effects of nature.
Learn – A change in routine and having more time at home can be a great opportunity to learn new skills. You might be interested in some online training to help boost knowledge and skills. Here are some great examples:

Give – If you and your household are in good health you can volunteer to help those in your community who are self isolating or who can’t get out.

  • ​This website is a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by Coronavirus anywhere in Grampian: https://www.gcah.org.uk/
  • SCVO have developed a Community Assistance Directory that might be helpful for walkers or volunteers to find help locally: https://covid-19.scvo.org.uk/
  • ​They also have a useful Resources page including links to guidance from several voluntary sector organisations and official guidance on COVID-19 at: https://scvo.org.uk/support/covid-19/resources
  • ​Local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are also collating databases of local community services, actions and initiatives taking place in response to COVID-19. Contact details for all TSIs in Scotland can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/third-sector-interfaces-contact-details/
  • ​Not all support groups are listed here so your local community Facebook pages are a great place to find out what’s happening too.
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