Wellbeing is your mental state. It’s how you feel and how well you cope with everyday life. Our wellbeing can change, sometimes infrequently and sometimes very frequently, from moment to moment.

 

Indications of good mental wellbeing are:

* Feelings of contentment and satisfaction

* Self-respect and self-confidence

* Desire to take care of oneself

* Feeling engaged with society

* Positive relationships with others

* Resilience to cope with challenging situations

* Being productive in work life and home life

 

All sorts of factors can have a negative impact on our wellbeing, including mental health problems, traumatic life events and stressful times. It’s important to seek the professional help needed in order to cope with these situations, but in addition to this, there are many steps you can take to improve and maintain your wellbeing without breaking the bank.

 

Tips for looking after your wellbeing on a budget:

* Spend time in nature. Sit under a tree or by a river, slowly breathe in the fresh air, feel the grass underfoot, focus on flowers and birdsong, be mindful, use your senses.

* Be physically active. Go for a walk, run or cycle, find a physical activity or sport that you enjoy and practise it regularly.

* Use relaxation techniques. Have a detox bath, practise yoga or Pilates, meditate, listen to calming music.

* Be creative. Try painting, sewing, dancing, writing, making crafts or playing music. Enjoy the process rather than worrying about the finished article.

* Eat well. Nourishing our bodies with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, organic if possible, can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. It’s also important to stay hydrated.

* Get enough sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Follow a relaxing bedtime ritual, such as bath – read – bed. Avoid looking at screens before bedtime.

* Surround yourself with good people. Spend time laughing and relaxing with others. Feel appreciated.

* Let go of negativity, including negative thoughts and negative people. Stay positive, forgive wrongdoings, feel liberated.

* Practise gratitude. Take a moment to think about what you are grateful for daily. Give and receive thanks, leave notes for people, make gestures such as a wave or a smile, return kindness, do good deeds.

* Love yourself. Have self-respect, listen to your body, heart and mind, give it what it needs, take care of it.