Mental Health Ireland CEO, Martin Rogan, recently spoke with Grandpal about loneliness and mental health in an incredible conversation that provided so many insights into the truly great work that MHI has being doing in Ireland since 1966.
One of our (many) favourite takeaways was learning about the five ways to wellbeing.
Make time each day to connect. Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. By staying connected and nurturing these relationships we feel happier and more secure, giving us a better sense of purpose.
Look for ways to be active everyday. Go for a walk or a run. Step outside. Cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Discover a physical activity you enjoy which suits your lifestyle and level of mobility and fitness. Research has shown being physically active can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Pay attention to the present moment – to your thoughts, feelings and to the world around you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Cook a new recipe. Take on a new responsibility. Setting yourself a new challenge and learning a new skill will increase your confidence which can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Giving to others is good for you. Do something nice for someone else. Thank someone. Volunteer your time or join a community group. See yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and create connectedness with the people around you.
Health and wellbeing are increasingly becoming more recognised by society as being naturally synonymous, especially in the case of older persons. As we continue to understand further, it's motivating to see people embracing a range methods of caring for their loved ones by being in touch regularly, checking in, alleviating loneliness, providing comfort and focusing on overall happiness and wellbeing.
Learn more about Mental Health Ireland's Five Ways to Wellbeing here. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or avail of MHI's resources via email@example.com.
You can also call them directly on (+353) 01 284 1166.
For the full conversation with Martin - sign up here.