Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) has launched its Take 5 steps to wellbeing Toolkit. Take 5 steps to wellbeing is built on evidence-based research carried out by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) that shows you can live up to 7.5 years longer if you build the following five activities into everyday life: Connect, Keep learning, Be active, Take notice and Give.

Funded by the Public Health Agency, the Toolkit has been developed by BSP’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Thematic Group (MHEW), a multi-sectoral partnership representing the community, voluntary, statutory and business sectors.  It includes a suite of resources aimed at individuals, families, practitioners, communities and organisations. Below you can download all of these resources, or you can log onto www.makinglifebettertogether.com to find out lots more about Take 5 and BSP.

Connect

Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day

Connect

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy.

Connect

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Connect

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Connect

Do something nice for a friend, or stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer. Join a community group. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding.