Positive Action to Better Health and Wellbeing

Be Kind to yourself

Get involved with a community project, charity work, or simply help out someone you know. As well as benefiting others, you’ll be doing something worthwhile which will help you feel better about yourself.

Relax

Make time for yourself. Allow yourself to chill out and relax.
Find something that suits you –different things work for different people.
Breathe… (imagine a balloon in your belly,inflating and deflating as you breathe in and out)

Eat healthily

Eat regularly, eat breakfast,eat healthily, eat fruit and vegetables, drink water.

Balance sleep

Get into a healthy sleep routine –including going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.

Connect with others

Stay in touch with family and friends – make regular and frequent contact with them.

Beware drink and drugs

Avoid using alcohol (or non-prescribed drugs) to help you cope – it will only add to your problems.

See the bigger picture

We all give different meanings to situations and see things from our point of view. Broaden out your perspective and consider the bigger picture (‘the helicopter view’)

  • What meaning am I giving this?
  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • How would others see it?
  • Is there another way of looking at this?
  • How important is it, or will it be in a year’s time?
  • What can I do right now that will help most?

Accepting: ‘It is as it is’

We tend to fight against distressing thoughts and feelings, but we can learn to just notice them and give up that struggle.
Some situations we just can’t change. We can surf those waves rather than try to stop them. Allow those thoughts and sensations just to be –they will pass.

© Carol Vivyan Permission to use for therapy purposes

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