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It’s World Wellbeing Week

This week marks World Wellbeing Week – an opportunity to start conversations and share ways to improve our wellbeing. But what is wellbeing and how do we care for it? Here, we explain more about why it’s important and share some of our top tips on staying mentally well.

What is wellbeing?

The word ‘wellbeing’ is a popular phrase; we see it all the time in articles or on social media, and we’re often told we need to look after it. But what does it actually mean and why is it important?

There isn’t a set definition of what wellbeing is, but it refers to how we are feeling and how well we are able to cope with life’s challenges. To better understand it, we can break it down into different aspects that influence and interact with each other.

The UK Office for National Statistics has identified 10 dimensions of wellbeing:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Physical health
  • Personal financial security
  • What we do for work
  • Our relationships with others
  • Where we live
  • The natural environment
  • Education
  • The economy
  • Governance

Mental wellbeing

It’s no surprise that mental health challenges and how we’re feeling emotionally greatly affect our overall wellbeing. Good mental wellbeing doesn’t mean that we are feeling super happy all the time. In reality it means we are able to cope with difficult experiences and remain positive, while still feeling a full range of emotions. But when we face mental health challenges it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

How to improve wellbeing

Now that we know a bit more about what wellbeing is and why it is important, we can start to think about how we can improve it. You don’t need to do anything difficult; you shouldn’t be stressing about it as that will defeat the purpose. So, we’ve got five simple suggestions that you can try out.

  • Look after your physical health and do something active. This could be as simple as taking a short walk around your street, or dancing in the kitchen to your favourite songs!
  • Get out into nature. Being in the natural world has a really positive affect on both physical and mental health, you could combine this with the previous tip and go for a walk at a nearby park or somewhere you can feel at peace
  • Talk to your loved ones about how you are feeling. You might also find that they need someone to talk to and you can support each other
  • Take time to relax and try to get enough sleep
  • Do activities you love or try something new. Remember that you don’t need to push yourself, do what feels comfortable and leaves you feeling happy

Now that we have helped you to understand what wellbeing is and given you some ideas of how you can improve yours, make sure you add looking after your wellbeing to your daily routine.

With your help we can continue to support young people facing mental health challenges. If you would like to donate please click here – we would be so grateful.

Men's Health Week

Men – It’s time for a health MOT

For many people, concerns around their general health took a back seat as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe.

This was especially true for people with ill mental health, with the pandemic and lockdowns often heightening feelings of isolation and helplessness.

With the pandemic quickly becoming the overwhelming focus of healthcare since 2020, many of us took our eyes off other serious health conditions. Now, it’s time for us all to make more of an effort to look after our health.

For this Men’s Health Week, from June 13 to June 19, men are being urged to think about getting a health MOT.

About Charlie

The Charlie Watkins Foundation was founded in 2017 after Charlie Watkins took his life when he was only 22. Sadly, Charlie never recovered from the loss of his mother when he was only nine years old.

There are many people who suffer from mental health challenges today. One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness.

One in five people have suicidal thoughts and one in 15 people attempt suicide. While women are more likely to have suicidal thoughts than men, men are three times more likely to take their own life.

The Charlie Watkins Foundation was formed to better support young people who struggle with their mental health and wellbeing.

The foundation allows money to be raised in memory of Charlie and is a hugely important symbol for all those who continue to struggle through the same fight that Charlie had.

So, this Men’s Health Week, get back at the top of your game both physically and mentally, by focusing on what’s going on in your body and mind.

A look under the hood

At the Charlie Watkins Foundation, we believe looking after your mental health is paramount – but so is looking after your general health.

The NHS Health Checks have restarted after being paused during the pandemic and are the best way to get a health MOT.

This Men’s Health Week, why not book a visit to your GP for a check-up?

Or, the Men’s Health Forum has a free Man MOT for the Mind manual to help you improve your mental health at home.

We are so grateful for all donations which make a difference to the lives of young people who face mental health and wellbeing challenges. If you would like to donate, please do so here.