Right now, connecting to nature, and taking some time out is even more important, but knowing what to do can be daunting, especially if you’re not able to leave your house. The Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, offer a helpful framework. This is week five of my wellbeing blog, giving you helpful tips and tricks to take time out, whatever you’re doing and wherever you are. This week we’re going to focus on giving.
We’ve come to the final of the five ways to wellbeing: give. When you think of the word 'give' you might automatically think of money. Although giving money is a great way to support wildlife and people, it’s not the only way you can give. An act of kindness for someone (or something) else, no matter how small, can make us, and them, feel good. I think this quote from the chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation sums it up perfectly.
“There is a strong relationship between the wellbeing, happiness and longevity of those of us who are compassionate. Doing good can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. This is true across our lives.”
Helping others not only makes us feel good, it helps reduce isolation and increases our sense of belonging, and it can encourage others to repeat the good that they’ve received. Research found that committing an act of kindness once a week for 6 weeks has a positive impact on wellbeing. Something which is mirrored by The Wildlife Trusts research on the wellbeing benefits of volunteering, which found that volunteering for the same length of time had a positive impact on wellbeing, and the impacts are better the longer you do it for. Need some ideas on ways you could give? Keep reading below for inspiration.