The importance of looking after yourself

It's really important to find, and practice, positive ways of thinking as they can help you through life's ups and downs.

You can look after yourself by focussing on your basic physical needs – such as getting good quality sleep, having a healthy and varied diet, keeping hydrated and moving your body.

There are also some simple things that everyone can do that can help boost moods and keep you happy. They're easy to do and don't have to cost a penny.

They're known as the 5 ways to well-being, and they are:

  • Keep active
  • Take notice
  • Connect
  • Keep learning
  • Give

You can find out more on the Derbyshire County Council's guide to five ways to wellbeing and more about what self care is.

Here are some ideas of how you can fit the 5 ways into everyday life:

  • Go for a walk
  • Go swimming
  • Join a sports team at school or in your community
  • Walk or cycle to school
  • Help in the garden
  • Play a game in the park with family or friends
  • Try out an exercise class

  • Notice your thoughts and feelings
  • Notice any sounds around you, such as the sounds of nature (rain, wind, rusting trees, singing birds)
  • Try a mindfulness exercise using an app or online video
  • Notice how your friends or family are feeling today

  • Talk to your friends and family
  • Help a friend or neighbour
  • Eat a meal with your family
  • Do something nice for someone you care about
  • Hang out with your friends – watch a film, bake together

  • Try a new food
  • Learn to cook a new recipe
  • Visit a museum or art gallery
  • Try out a musical instrument
  • Do a word search
  • Study an animal or bug
  • Visit a new place
  • Write a story or song

  • Give someone you love a hug
  • Give your old things to a charity shop
  • Say thank you
  • Make a homemade present or card for no reason
  • Hold a door open for someone
  • Share with others
  • Help around the house - wash the dishes or do some vacuuming
  • Listen to someone else and how they are feeling