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5 ways to improve your health and wellbeing

4 July 2017

‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ is a new Essex County Council campaign that highlights five steps that residents can follow to keep them well, both in body and mind.

5 Ways to Wellbeing shares five ways that are proven to keep an individual well, both physically and mentally.

Each of the 5 ways will launch separately over the year with a short film central to all.

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch said: “5 ways to wellbeing is a simple way of remembering ways that we can all improve our health and wellbeing. It encourages people to introduce small, but effective changes into their everyday lives that will enhance and improve them going forward.”

Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities, Mike Gogarty said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is a key priority in all of the work we do. Through 5 Ways to Wellbeing we aim to raise awareness about how individuals can improve both their physical and mental health, by following these 5 steps.”

“Even the smallest change can make a real difference, whether it’s walking to the shops rather than driving, learning to play an instrument or giving up your time to volunteer, you will notice the benefits right away.”

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Be Active which launches on Monday and is all about promoting keeping active and healthy. It is about showing that you don’t have to go to the gym but things like taking a walk, cycling or even gardening can have benefits to your health. We want to help people find an activity that they enjoy and encourage them to make it part of their life going forward. 

  • Take Notice is the second of the 5 ways and is about being be more aware of the present moment, including 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. 

  • The third of the 5 ways is 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?  

  • Give is the fourth of the 5 ways and aims to show that 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. 

  • The last of the 5 ways is Connect. This means connecting with people around you, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing these relationships. 
More information about 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Follow the campaign on twitter #5waysessex.