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Six ways to wellbeing

Taking care of your body and mind is always important, but even more so now, during these challenging times.

Everyone will have good and bad days, and may feel frustrated, anxious or lonely at different times, and it’s important to remember that it’s OK to feel this way.

Our wellbeing guide, based on the University’s six ways to wellbeing, is here to help get you through the low points and get back to feeling good and functioning well, while working from home and social distancing.

What are the Six Ways?

The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for wellbeing is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing. When considering these elements, the New Economics Foundation created The Five Ways to Wellbeing in 2008 - as a set of evidence-based actions that promote wellbeing in everyday life.

These are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Develop and Give. See our video:

The University followed on from this to develop the Six Ways to Wellbeing including Be Healthy. These are holistic actions that make wellbeing easier to integrate into your life.