You may already be using the Ways to Mental Wellbeing without even noticing! However, making the choice to deliberately use the Ways to Mental Wellbeing in our daily lives can improve our mental health and help us move beyond just coping and surviving to feeling happier and more satisfied.
Staying mentally healthy is not about being "happy" all the time but instead is about learning how to acknowledge both the "happy" and "sad" times while learning how to cope with challenges in a healthy way. The Ways to Mental Wellbeing can help you to incorporate more behaviours that encourage feelings of self-confidence and enjoyment.
These tools have been created to help you learn about the Ways to Mental Wellbeing and to make a personal plan to use these actions in your daily life.
To start your journey to improved mental health and wellbeing, you may want to try this short survey. When it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be hard to recognize or admit when we’re not feeling our best. This survey can help you reflect on your current level of wellbeing.
The survey uses the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) and is not intended to replace a consultation with a health professional. If you’re struggling please contact your health care provider or access one of the available local support services. You may find that your mood goes up and down so use this tool to monitor it over time. After you’ve completed the survey, return to the Ways to Mental Wellbeing to learn more about how you can enhance your mental health and wellbeing.
A good place to begin is by first identifying your current behaviours by filling out the Current Wellbeing Activities template. This will help you reflect on what you’re already doing under each of the Ways to Mental Wellbeing. By looking at your current behaviours, you can see both what you’re doing well and where you may need to put some extra focus.
After you’ve reviewed the different pages explaining the Ways to Mental Wellbeing and associated activity suggestions, you may find it helpful to physically write out the actions you plan to take. Try using the Future Wellbeing Activities template to write out the different things you plan to do under each of the Ways to Mental Wellbeing. The act of physically writing out goals increases the likelihood that you’ll reach them.
To remind yourself of the small actions you plan to take during the week ahead, try filling out the My Ways Template and post it somewhere you look every day, such as your fridge, bathroom mirror, or by your desk at work!
Once you’ve had a chance to practice the Ways to Mental Wellbeing, it can be helpful to reflect on a weekly or monthly basis to see how things are going. Try filling out the Weekly Ways Log to list the actions you’ve taken and ask yourself the following questions:
Are there certain “ways” I’m doing more of or less of?
Have I participated in the actions I listed in the Future Wellbeing Activities template?
If I haven’t taken action, what is preventing me from participating in the activities I planned?
Do I need to choose different activities or find more support?
How have the actions I’ve taken influenced my wellbeing?
What am I doing really well and what am I proud of?
If you would like to spend more time delving into the Ways to Mental Wellbeing, try working through this journal. There are worksheets to help you reflect on each way individually and a weekly log at the end to help you track your progress. This journal itself can be a great way to take notice or you may want to share your ideas with friends or family which can help you connect! By telling others your goals, they can keep you accountable and provide support. Additionally, you can teach them about the Ways to Mental Wellbeing and encourage them to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing too.