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There are five ways to Wellbeing and 2020 the Decade of Health and Wellbeing is about encouraging people to build these ways into their daily routines and potentially add 7.5 years to their life expectancy. The underlying message through the five ways is that mental health and wellbeing is as important as physical health; feeling good is an important part of being healthy:

Connect with others whether it is at home, work, school or within the local community. Taking the time to develop these relationships can enhance everday life.

Be Active… ‘Healthy body, healthy mind’ finding something suitable for your level of fitness and most importantly, which you enjoy; anything from trampolining in the garden to walking to work.

Take notice of the world around you. Noticing the simple things whilst going about your daily routine, such as a change in season or a piece of artwork and savouring the moment will help put things in perspective and allow you to be more appreciative.

 Keep learning trying something different such as learning a new instrument or language will set a challenge, increasing motivation and confidence.

 Give do something nice for a friend or stranger…buy a big issue, help out in your local community. Putting your efforts towards a good cause can be incredibly rewarding.

 2020 is all about working collectively to create a healthier region.