5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing: help others

‘5 Ways to Lockdown your Wellbeing’

To help us improve wellbeing during home living and social distancing, our Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, is sharing her ‘5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing’ over the coming weeks. The fourth way ‘keep in touch’ was released last week.

Some of you may be aware of the 5 ways to wellbeing report, researched by the New Economics foundation and proven to improve an individual’s wellbeing when practised regularly. Fran has used similar concepts but with tweaks and changes adapted to our experiences during lockdown. For information on these, please follow the links: New Economics and Gov.uk.

Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing are:

  1. Boost positivity
  2. Eat well
  3. Stay active
  4. Keep in touch
  5. Help others

This week, we are sharing the fifth and final way to lockdown your wellbeing, helping others where possible.

Help Others

Helping others helps to stimulate the reward centers in our brains which boosts our overall wellbeing.

If you are able to help anyone in need, through volunteering, offering to get some bits from the shops, taking their dog for a walk, then do it. If you can’t get out the house, there are still plenty of ways you can help people and it may be something as simple as listening to a friend as they talk to you about their worries.

Here are some ideas of ways you can help others during this time:

  • If you’re in good health, volunteering to help do someone’s shopping for them
  • Creating something that will make people smile, such as a funny compilation video or a compilation of old photos of you and your friends and family
  • If you have a certain skill, why not create some online videos so you can share that skill with others and help them learn something new
  • You could do some baking for a neighbour and leave it outside their house for them to enjoy
  • Lots of online shops are still open, why not treat someone close to you by getting them something delivered to their house?

As someone who is staying at home full time, with a partner who is working long hours, I wanted to share a few things that people have done to help us over the past few weeks. It has made a huge difference to my wellbeing having that support, so just think how much of a boost it could be for you and someone you care about being able to offer that to someone else.

  • Our parents have been doing food shops for us and leaving the bags outside the house for us to bring in, so that when we haven’t managed to get an online food shop, we’ve still had food in the house
  • My partners parents brought round a table and chairs for our garden so we could sit outside and enjoy the sun. They walked round the back of the house, came through the gate and delivered it to the back garden, while we stayed inside to maintain social distancing
  • My sister delivered a bag of creative activities for me to do whilst at home, including knitting, a sugar flower kit, nail varnishes and some pamper items

As you can see from the examples above, it doesn’t always have to be a large gesture. The smallest of things can really mean a lot to someone and help improve their overall wellbeing.

This article concludes Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing series. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the different ways you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing during this time. Do let us know via our Facebook and Instagram what you’ve been up to and if you’ve tried any of Fran’s tips.

Fran is happy for you to email her directly if you have any questions on anything mentioned in her 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing articles.