Based on the findings of the New Economics Foundation’s centre for wellbeing, the ‘five ways’ have been developed as a set of evidence-based actions for wellbeing that, if practised regularly, can improve personal wellbeing. We, at San Clemente have used this model as the basis for Pos-Ed in our community.
At San Clemente we pride ourselves on Community. The No 1 indicator of wellbeing is positive relationships. Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, classmates, teachers and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Connect with your sense of self.
Proactive v Reactive; Get involved; Be assertive not submissive; Make plans, not excuses; Set goals and MOVE. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness” and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Practice gratitude.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Set goals, grow in confidence, spot strengths and use them.
Service to others is an essential part of being a member of a Catholic Community. GIVING will remain a fundamental part of all units of PosED@SCM. Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your well-being and help you build new social networks.