Wellbeing can mean something different to different people.

For us, we like to think of wellbeing as being both mental and physical. We all have physical health, and we all have mental health. Together, they form our wellbeing.

When we talk about mental wellbeing we think about how we feel, how well we're coping with daily life, or what feels possible at the moment.

Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences. However, poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.

Ways to improve your mental wellbeing

It's not always easy to start with caring for your wellbeing, as there are so many things you can do, it can feel overwhelming.

You might find it helpful to

  • only try what feels comfortable

  • give yourself time to figure out what works for you, going at your own pace

  • take small steps – just pick one or two things that feel achievable at first, before moving on to try other ideas

Relax and reduce stress

Find ways to relax

If there's something that helps you relax, try to find time to fit it into your day. 

For example, this could be having a bath or going for a walk. 

If you find it difficult to switch off, you could try some of the tips and exercises in our relaxation pages.

Take a break if you need to

If you're feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try to take a break. 

A change of scene can help you to relax and relieve feelings of anxiety, even just for a few minutes.

Do something you enjoy

Try to make time to do an activity you like on a regular basis. 

This could be something small, like cooking a meal, calling a friend or listening to music.

Try to manage stress

If you're under a lot of pressure, you may start to feel overwhelmed or out of control. Stress can also cause physical side effects.

See our pages on stress for tips on dealing with pressure and coping with stressful events.

Try mindfulness

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and yoga.

It's been shown to help people become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. This means that instead of being overwhelmed by your feelings, it becomes easier to manage them.

See our pages on mindfulness for more information, including some exercises you could try.

Give yourself some tech-free time

If you find that being on your phone or computer a lot is making you feel more busy and stressed, try to take a break. This could be for just an hour or two.

If you find this difficult, try putting your phone in another room or setting an alarm to time yourself.

Find ways to learn and be creative

Try doing something creative

Doing something creative can help distract you from difficult thoughts or feelings, or help you to process them. It can also be rewarding.

You could try doing something like drawing, playing a musical instrument or baking. Try not to worry about the finished product. Just focus on enjoying yourself.

Our Arts and Minds service could be just for you.

Join a class or group

Learning a new skill in a group can be enjoyable, and help boost your confidence. 

To find out what's in your local area ask at your local library or community centre.

Try online learning

Online learning is a good option if it's difficult to get out and about or you're short on time.

See the FutureLearn and OpenLearn websites to find free online courses.

Try to spend some time outdoors

Try to spend some time outdoors

Spending time in nature outdoors can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anger.

Our Rooted in Nature project can help you understand more about the benefits and lots of ideas you could try.

Bring nature indoors

This can give you the benefits of nature without having to go to a park or public garden. You could buy flowers, potted plants or seeds for growing on your windowsill.

Or you could collect natural materials from outdoors, such as leaves, flowers, feathers, and use them to decorate your living space.

Spend time with animals

Lots of people find that being with animals is calming and enjoyable.

You could try pet-sitting or dog walking, feed birds from your window, or visit a local community farm.

Try a mindfulness exercise in nature

Pay attention to your surroundings and find things to see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

Connect with others

Talk to someone you trust

Connecting with others can help us have a greater sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness.

Opening up to a trusted friend or family member can help you feel listened to and supported.

Sometimes, just acknowledging your feelings by saying them out loud can also help.

Try peer support

If you're finding things hard, talking to people who have similar feelings or experiences can help.

Find out more about how our peer support groups can help you.


Using your time to help others can give you a sense of purpose, help you meet people and boost your self-esteem.

We have over 60 volunteers working with us and we also signpost people to other partner organisations. Our Community Minded service can help you or find out more about volunteering for us.

Look after your physical health

Drink water regularly

Drinking enough water is important for your mental and physical health. 

The NHS has more information about water, drinks and your health.

Think about your diet

There is lots of advice out there about there about how eating or avoiding certain foods can affect your mental health. We know that eating regular meals and a healthy, balanced diet can help your mood and energy levels.

Our food and mood pages can help you learn more and the NHS has helpful information on how to maintain a balanced diet.

Look after yourself

Basic self-care, like brushing your teeth or having a shower, is important for your physical health and can help you feel better.

If you're struggling, try to set yourself small goals, like getting up and washing your face.

Try to avoid drugs and alcohol

You might feel like using drugs or alcohol to cope with any difficult feelings, but in the long run they can make you feel worse.

Try to keep active

Try to build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. It doesn't have to be anything big, like running a marathon. If you aren't used to being active, start off small and try to find something you enjoy.

Our pages on physical activity and mental health have ideas for most ages and abilities, including things you can do at home.

Try to get enough sleep

Establish a routine

Try and establish a routine around bed time to help set a regular sleeping pattern.

Avoid screens

Give yourself some tech-free time before sleep and avoid bright screens that can affect your sleep.

Try to wind down before bed

Do a relaxing activity, like having a bath, or try to meditate before you go to sleep.

It may also help to avoid having caffeine before your bed time, as this can keep you awake.

Try to make your sleeping environment comfortable

A comfortable sleeping environment can help improve your sleep and small changes can make a big difference. For example, you might sleep better with a low light on, or with different bedding.

If you're staying in hospital, having your own items can help make things feel more comfortable and personal. For example, you could ask to use your own pillow or blanket.

If you're living in a hostel or supported accommodation, the Groundswell website has some ideas for improving your sleep.