Self-care Summer with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Summer is the perfect time to bring your mental health and wellbeing into check. Coventry City Council wants to remind residents about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and the importance of self-care.

The #SelfCareSummer campaign highlights the importance of taking some time for yourself each day to focus on your wellness. Many of us are under increasing pressure, and taking a moment each day for yourself will help to clear your head, ‘switch off’, and help you refocus.

We want to reassure residents that it is okay not to feel okay but structuring our lives around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing could help in getting through difficult times by prioritising your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, each week we will issue tips of different ways you can work on your health and wellbeing to help inspire you to change old habits and build new routines.

The 5 ways to wellbeing include:

  • Be active - Whether it’s a walk, run, home workout or meditation, being active helps you to feel good.
  • Connect - Building connections can help to improve your wellbeing, whether this is within your local community or taking up a hobby and linking with people who share similar interests.
  • Give - An act of kindness can help to improve your mood and also help the people around you to feel supported and cared for.
  • Keep learning - Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence, why don’t you try something new or rediscover an old interest?
  • Take notice - Being aware of what is taking place in the present through your sensations, thoughts and feelings can directly enhance wellbeing.

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport said: “Our physical and mental wellbeing are both extremely important, particularly for helping us to cope with the many challenges in life. Coventry City Council is supporting residents to look after their wellbeing this summer through help and advice as part of the Self-care Summer campaign. We also have a range of services across the city for people who need further support with the ongoing cost of living crisis.”

For more information and advice, visit the Wellbeing for Life webpages and follow along on social media for weekly tips on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Further information and support is available at on Dear Life website, or via Coventry City Council.

For advice and support, visit our cost of living and wellbeing support pages.

Anyone who is struggling to cope right now can access free support 24/7:

  • Confidential emotional support for residents across Coventry and Warwickshire: call 0800 616171  
  • Urgent crisis advice: call 111 or the NHS Mental Health Access Hubs on 08081 966 798
  • Immediate risk to life: call 999 or go straight to A&E 

Published: Thursday, 3rd August 2023