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Buckinghamshire County Council encourage residents to follow the Five Ways to Wellbeing

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Tuesday 10th October 2017 is World Mental Health Day and Buckinghamshire County Council are encouraging residents to follow the Five Ways to Wellbeing to help improve the way they feel.

Today’s busy lifestyles can make people forget to take time for themselves at it is really important for mental health to keep work, rest and play in balance.

A great way to improve the way people feel is to try the simple Five Ways to Wellbeing plan which Buckinghamshire Mind sets out in a really easy to grasp way on their website www.bucksmind.org.uk/services/five-ways-to-wellbeing/.In short, the 5 Ways are:

  1. Connect – meet up with friends, don’t just rely on social media to keep in touch. Face to face contact is a good way to feel connected.
  2. Be Active – try a new activity. Check out www.activebucks.co.uk for some ideas, some of the activities offer a free first session so you can try a few and see which one you enjoy the most.
  3. Take Notice – go for a walk, the leaves in our beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside are turning it into a golden red patchwork at the moment; or listen to some favourite music. Find out about our country parks http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/culture-and-leisure/country-parks/denham-country-park/.
  4. Keep Learning – maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a language? Visit www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk for some inspiration from XtoY there’s something for everyone.
  5. Give – give back to your community. Volunteering is a really good way to support people or organisations in and around your local (or national) area, to find out how, visit http://volunteeringbucks.org.uk/.

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health at Buckinghamshire County Council commented: ‘There is great concern about the number of people suffering from mental health issues and we need to try to help residents from getting to that point.

By building simple steps into your everyday life, you can help yourself avoid or balance the stresses and strains of a busy life. The Five Ways to Wellbeing plan is an easy and achievable way to start looking after your own mental health.

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