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Surviving? or Thriving?

ARE YOU SURVIVING OR THRIVING?

 

Following Mental Health Awareness Week, Bedford Borough Council’s Public Health team is inviting people to take part in a short survey to find out whether they are “Surviving or Thriving” as individuals.

 

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Too many of us are so busy we just accept that experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety are the price we pay to keep our lives on track.

 

We may be fortunate enough not to have a serious mental health problem, but we need to take a step back sometimes and consider whether we have the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with its challenges.  It's important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.”

 

Below are 5 simple ways which will help you look after your mental wellbeing:  

 

Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.

Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.

Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.

Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.

Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

 

You can take part in the mental wellbeing survey via:

short survey  and find out your good mental health score

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