Men’s Health Week 2021 (14-20 June)

This week is National men’s health week, this year there is a focus on encouraging men to share how they are feeling, particularly in relation to the Covid- 19 pandemic, helping to improve mental health in difficult times.

The Five Steps to Wellbeing for men and women!

These steps improve everyone’s health and wellbeing. But it is also likely that if you’re feeling good about yourself, you will find it easier to make the other changes in your life that will improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The Five Steps to Wellbeing are:

CONNECT
Feeling close to, and valued by, other people. Some ideas to help feel more connected:
• Talk to someone rather than texting or emailing
• Talk to someone new
• Ask someone something about themselves that you don’t know
• Offer someone a lift or suggest you travel together
• Contact someone you have not spoken to for over a year
• Join a club or group

BE ACTIVE
Taking part in regular physical activity
• Take stairs, not the lift
• Get off the train or bus a stop earlier or park the car further away
• Do stretching exercises
• Do an activity (eg. cycling or swimming) that you have not tried for a while
• Combine being active with connecting: sport, walking, gardening.

TAKE NOTICE
Being aware of what is taking place in the present.
• Look up at the sky rather than down at the pavement
• Take a different route on a familiar journey
• Go somewhere new for lunch
• Spend time in parks, forests and at the seaside

LEARN
Continuing to learn throughout life
• Sign up for a class
• Read a book
• Do some puzzles
• Research something you are curious about (eg. your family tree)
• Take up a language or a musical instrument
• Learn some practical skills (eg. how to fix your bike)

GIVE
Participating in social and community life.
• Volunteer
• Visit an elderly relative or neighbour
• Do someone a favour
• Smile and say thanks