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Take care of your mental health
“Mental wellbeing is more than just the absence of mental illness; it’s about thriving and positive mental health as well,” says Annette Molloy, CFA’s Manager Organisational Wellbeing.
“Looking after your wellbeing is important, and there are several things we can do to improve our own wellbeing. The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a great starting point for this.”
The New Economics Foundation’s The Five Ways to Wellbeing outlines simple but valuable activities:
Connect with family and friends, in the workplace and the community. Building relationships and connecting with others in a meaningful way can be really valuable.
Whether it’s walking the dog, gardening, playing sport or going to the gym, moving your body can invigorate you. Find something that you enjoy and get going.
Take notice of your surroundings, your feelings and the environment. Practising mindfulness is all about enjoyment and appreciation. Savour a meal, a moment, a beautiful view or time with a loved one.
Try something new or challenge yourself. Perhaps there’s a DIY project you’re interested in or a short course you’ve always wanted to do. Sign up now!
Giving and showing kindness to others can be as rewarding for you as it is for them. It may be a small favour for a friend or a random act of kindness towards a stranger.
“The Five Ways to Wellbeing also links back to some of the reasons people join CFA,” says Annette. “CFA is a community. Our members connect, support one another and share experiences on a daily basis.
“Being a CFA member is about looking after your neighbours and mates and meaningfully contributing to society.”