Living a full, stress free life can be difficult, you need to find balance in everything and here are five steps that can help promote your well being.
1. Stay connected
Connect with the people around you. Spend time with your family, friends or colleagues, these social connections are critical and will support and help enrich your life.
2. Be active
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It promotes well-being but it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good. Try slower-paced activities such as walking.
3. Take notice
Be aware, remind yourself to take notice. It can strengthen and broaden awareness. Being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savoring the moment can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Engaging in work or educational activities particularly helps lift people out of depression and has been strongly associated with higher levels of well-being.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of well-being research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in well-being.