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Keep Learning (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

We often think about learning as important to children – we place a great deal of importance on making sure young people develop skills, knowledge and experience to help them on their journey into adulthood. But, just as it’s important for children to learn, research shows that if we keep learning throughout adulthood and into later life, this can have …

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Take Notice (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

Throughout our lives’ many of us will experience times where we find ourselves lost in our own thoughts. We may find that we are so busy making plans, going from task-to-task, going from one place to the next and pushing forward in many different directions that we don’t take time to reflect and take notice of the world around us.  …

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Be Active (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

We’re often told that having an active lifestyle is good for our bodies and physical health. Those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop a range of major illness such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and are much less likely to be overweight. All of these things mean that having an active lifestyle can lower our …

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Giving (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

This is the second part of our five-part series of Wellbeing Articles that are focusing on each of the 5 ways to wellbeing. To coincide with ‘Volunteers Week 2016’, this article focuses on ‘Giving’ – highlighting the benefits that giving to others can have on our mental health and sense of wellbeing. As ever, this Wellbeing Article will outline the …

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Connecting (5 Ways to Wellbeing)

Throughout 2016, our Advice and Information Service will be publishing 5 wellbeing articles that will focus on the 5 ways to wellbeing, to bring to light how acting upon these different 5 ways to wellbeing can improve our mental health and wellbeing. These article’s will explore how these 5 simple actions can be included in our daily lives, and they’ll offer self-help …

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Food, Mood and Mental Health

Although many of us are aware that eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water is good for our physical health, the importance of a healthy and balanced diet for good mental health is less often talked about. When we are physically ill, for example when we have a cold, we are advised to eat ‘healthy foods’ and ‘drink …

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Depression

Everyone struggles with feeling down or hopeless at times, maybe when they’ve lost their job, or gone through a difficult break-up. Sometimes, though, these feelings can go further and interfere with day to day life – this can be a sign of depression. Art by Lewis Marvelly (c) 2015 Depression is more than just feeling sad – it can affect …

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Caring for someone with mental health difficulties

What does it mean to be a carer? 3 in 5 of us will become one at some point in our lives, joining the 6.5 million in the UK, but many people don’t realize that’s what they are. If asked, they might describe themselves as just helping out, being a good neighbour, partner, family member, friend. As 1 in 4 of us …

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Looking after yourself at Christmas 2015

Christmas is traditionally thought of as a time of celebration; a day full of merriment and festivities. As the shops fill up with tinsel and turkey and town centres switch on Christmas lights earlier each year, Christmas is all around us long before the 25th December, it’s easy to believe that everyone else is having a good time. Beneath the …

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Dignity in Mental Health

This October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is Dignity. At times it can feel like our mental health issues can rob us of our dignity, but how we’re treated by those around us – doctors, carers, friends, family – can make all the difference. Being treated with respect can help restore the frayed edges of …

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