5 ways to improve your wellbeing

Magellan Healthcare is a proud supporter of Mental Health Month in May. We are committed to increasing awareness about mental health, wellbeing, and the importance of recognizing and addressing concerns through our community outreach and innovative behavioral health services for members and providers.

Here are five things you can do every day to improve your mental health and wellbeing:

1. Connect
Build and strengthen relationships with the people around you. Meet up with friends, have lunch with a coworker or join a group in your community. Feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing. When we devote time to these relationships, we feel happier and more secure, giving us a better sense of purpose.

2. Be active
Look for ways to be active every day. Find something you enjoy that suits your fitness and mobility, like running, walking, gardening, dancing, and working on projects around the house. Being active every day causes changes in our brain which can positively affect our mood and decrease stress, depression, and anxiety.

3. Give
Carrying out acts of kindness for other people, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction, and a general sense of wellbeing. Make someone a meal, help with a project, or volunteer at an organization. You could just ask a friend or someone you work with how they are and really listen to the answer. Giving back to others can create positive feelings and help us feel more satisfied with life.

4. Take notice
Be present in the here and now. Pay attention to the world around you, nature, people, and your thoughts and feelings. Becoming more aware of the present moment boosts our wellbeing by helping us enjoy the world we have around us and understanding ourselves better.

5. Keep learning
Practice new skills and seek information about topics that interest you. Try a new recipe, listen to a podcast or fix something in your home. Generally being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life can boost your confidence and self-esteem, help you build a sense of purpose, and connect with others.

Each of these five practices has been shown to make a positive difference in how we feel and live our life.

Visit our 2022 Mental Health Month web page to discover more tools to address and spread awareness about mental health, wellbeing, and specific conditions as we recover from the pandemic and deal with civil, economic, and global unrest.

Source: New Economics Foundation

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