living well Sometimes, people may feel overwhelmed and as a result this can have an impact on the way they think, feel and affect the activities someone used to do. It is so important that we do as much as we can to stay fit and active. When we feel good about ourselves, it can help the rest of our body, including our brain too! 5 South Ribble has lots of opportunities to stay active, whether it’s a walk in one of the many open spaces and parks, a visit to the leisure centres or being part of the rich and vibrant range of community groups in the local area. steps to wellbeing Connect 1 Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Talk to them about the 5 steps to wellbeing! 2 Exercise Find the activity that you enjoy, and make it part of your life. Visit SUSU.org/sport 3 Learn Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Visit SUSU.org/activities 4 Give Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. You can donate to charity at SUSU.org/rag 5 Notice Be aware of the present moment: your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. This can positively change the way you feel about life. How can being active help • Regular physical activity has been proven to lower levels of anxiety, depression and increase your sense of wellbeing • When you are physically active it releases chemicals in your brain which has a positive effect on your mood. (As little as 10 minutes of physical activity can have a positive effect on your mood) • Physical activities also encourages social interactions You don't have to spend hours in the gym to be active. Take a walk, go cycling or swimming or maybe even dancing. Find an activity that you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness, then make it a part of your life. This will help your physical health and fitness but will also assist with improving your mental wellbeing.