Strive for five

Boosting family wellbeing when we need it most

We’ve heard of the World Health Organisations 5 a day campaign, encouraging us to eat a minimum of 5 fruit and veg a day.

But, have you heard about the 5 ways to wellbeing? When I discovered the campaign I found it really clicked with me. I love a simplistic checklist and I am passionate about finding ways to support my family and others in becoming more mindful about the overall wellbeing of our families.

Developed by the New Economics Foundation, the 5 ways to wellbeing has been introduced by schools and community projects to help improve people’s wellbeing on a daily basis. Encouraging us to:

1. Connect with others - connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others.

2. Be active - move as much as possible we can look after our mental and physical health at the same time by incorporating daily exercise.

3. Take notice - being conscious of your thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to your needs.

4. Keep learning - trying or learning something new as often as possible helps to view the world from a range of perspectives, makes it easier to adapt to new situations and inspires creativity.

5. Give - research has found a clear link between giving back and an increase in wellbeing.

As we adjust to the new normal it feels really timely to spread the word and get people thinking about their mental and emotional health with the aiming of touching on the 5 steps regularly.

When researching the 5 ways to wellbeing I was reminded of the work of Tony Robbins and his observations of the 6 human needs.

He believes that while each of us is unique, we also share behavioural systems that generally function in the same way leading us to make choices based on which or our needs are – or are not being met.

1. Certainty - assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure. 2. Uncertainty/Variety - the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli. 3. Significance - feeling unique, important, special or needed.

4. Connection/Love - a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something.

5. Growth - an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding.

6. Contribution - a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

Since discovering his theory on the 6 human needs I have found it really helpful to figure myself out when I can’t make sense of how I am feeling.

There is definitely some cross over in terms of connection, growth and contribution but I found the 6 human needs were more suited on a more individual level but absolutely worth being mindful of when trying to understand our (sometimes hard to explain) actions.

So when looking for ways to boost our families’ wellbeing we will strive for five as often as possible not just the fruit and veg but also the 5 ways to wellbeing.

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