Five Ways to Wellbeing
According to the Mental Health Foundation. the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give) are simple and effectives strategies that help improve mental health and wellbeing. To encourage wellbeing in teams, try one the activities listed in the The Five Ways to Wellbeing to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit - or why not introduce weekly wellbeing activities, to encourage small improvements on a regular basis?
Be Present: Taking time out
We live in a digital world. Studies show that the average smart device owner spends more than three hours of their day online - whether that be watching the news, following social media, online shopping or playing games. Work together to figure out ways to reconnect with yourself that doesn’t involve a device.
- Create a digital detox during dinner time, and be fully present with your cohabitants.
- Plan daily walks to take notice of the outside world.
- Schedule ‘device free’ lunch breaks and give yourself some time just for you.
Connect With Others: Take 10 minutes at 10am
Schedule a regular slot for some team time, whether that be coffee or lunch break. Set some ground rules and make this clear from the start.
- Bring something with you to eat or drink.
- Take turns talking about what’s happening in your life.
- Don’t overrun on time otherwise people won’t join.
- Make it optional to join or opt out.
Give Back: Supporting team stress
The Mental Health Foundation provide a free introduction to the mindfulness course, so you can get a feel for what to expect on the NHS-approved and proven effective Pathway to better mental wellbeing.
What’s your stress score? Complete this simple stress test to measure the stress in your life.
This stress test uses the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Reflect on your results and use this tool to lead wellbeing themed team discussions. See below for some suggested discussion points:
- Complete the stress test and encourage reflection.
- You do not need to share your stress score.
- Encourage group discussion
- What is the differences between stress and pressure?
- What does stress look like for you, physically and behaviourally?
- Discuss ideas to support one another and consider asking these prompt questions:
- Who has capacity right now?
- Who doesn’t have capacity?
- What’s working well?
- What’s not going so well?
Grow And Learn: Wellbeing Workshops
Organisational & Professional Development and Researcher Development offer wellbeing workshops specifically aimed at supporting teams and managing individual wellbeing.
Workshops explore the dimensions of wellbeing, common causes of work-related stress and discussions around preventing and managing individual wellbeing.
Enrol by searching for ‘wellbeing’ on the CPD booking system:
- for PhD Supervisors search code: RD300b
- for Managers search code: PD243
- for all staff search code: PDXYZ
Be Active: Move for your mental health
According to Dr Srini Pillay (2016), Harvard Health Publishing, simply moving benefits your overall mental health. Regular physical movement is associated with elevated mood and increased levels proven exercise increases dopamine levels in the brain, which decreases stress and even depression.
- Start your own local walk or run club.
- Suggest to take calls over the phone and walk and talk.
- Choose walking or cycling over using public transport.
- Join our QMULSU Get Active activities programme