The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Resources brought together by the Life Lounge team

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing provide us with key areas to work on and develop, which can help us achieve a holistic sense of wellbeing.

They include:

Try It! - Try and complete at least one activity from each of these areas every day!

Go for a walk (be active) and take notice of your surroundings, including spring flowers or autumn leaves (be present). You could even turn this into a jog and try to build up your running skills (learn a new skill). Later on, call a friend for a chat (connect) and if you can, give your time to help them solve a problem (giving to others). 

Still stuck for ideas why not visit Mindkit's 5 ways to wellbeing page which will generate ideas for you based on how much time you have. You can also visit Student Minds 5 ways to wellbeing page which includes apps and other guides which can help. 

Achieving the 5 ways to wellbeing can be incredibly fulfilling. You might find some areas harder than others - but this can make them even more rewarding when you complete them!

Check out other pages on this web page for more information and resources that will help you reach your 5 ways to wellbeing goals. 

Connecting with nature

In recent years there has been increasing evidence to support the link between mental wellbeing and spending time in nature. Be it going for a dog walk, spending time in your garden, a local park or walking in the moors, outdoor swimming, gardening, bike riding, horse riding, caring for animals, growing or caring for a plant in your flat, bird watching. There are so many options. All of these examples will have a positive effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.

The Mental Health Foundation and WWF have joined forces to bring you Thriving With Nature; a free guidebook which explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health.

You can access more information about Thriving With Nature by visiting the webpage.

Get out there, get some time with nature, and see the effects. You won't regret it!