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Five ways to wellbeing for young people

It’s never too early to start learning about good emotional health and wellbeing.

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

There are 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 Five Ways to Wellbeing and they are:

  • keep active
  • take notice
  • connect
  • keep learning
  • give

Primary aged children

Here are some ideas of how you can fit the five ways into everyday life for primary school children aged five to 11.

Keep active

  • dance to your favourite song
  • walk a dog
  • hula hoop
  • join a sports team
  • play a game in the playground
  • walk or cycle to school
  • help in the garden
  • run a race with friends
  • make up your own sport

Take notice

  • look what you can see out of your window and how it changes
  • paint or draw a picture of what you’ve seen today
  • think about how you are feeling today
  • listen to the sounds of nature like the wind and rain
  • play I spy
  • notice how your friends or family are feeling today

Connect

  • talk to your friends and family
  • help a friend or neighbour
  • eat a meal with your family
  • make a new friend
  • say hello
  • bake some cakes and share them

Keep learning

  • learn a new word each day
  • visit a museum or art gallery
  • try out a musical instrument
  • do a word search
  • try a new food
  • learn to cook a new recipe
  • study an animal or bug
  • visit a new place
  • write a story or song

Give

  • smile and say thank you
  • make a homemade present or card for no reason
  • hold a door open for someone
  • give someone you love a hug
  • send your old toys to a charity shop
  • share with others
  • help around the house – wash the dishes or do some dusting
  • listen to someone else and how they are feeling

You can also find out more about  emotional health and wellbeing.