Ways to Mental Wellbeing

Ways to Mental Wellbeing is a Waterloo Region initiative inspired by the “The Five Ways to Wellbeing” which was developed by the New Economics Foundation in the United Kingdom in 2008. The "Five Ways" are simple actions that have been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing. The actions were created to be memorable, easy to understand, and easy to personalize so that anyone can do them! 


We all face challenges and know what it’s like to feel stressed, drained, and mentally or physically unwell. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder and some extra support to look after ourselves. The Ways to Mental Wellbeing will give you that reminder and provide you with tips for everyday actions that can help you stay mentally well. When we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and our surroundings; we develop our strengths; we are able to cope with and overcome challenges; we are able to connect with others; and we can contribute to our community.

Five Ways to Wellbeing


With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections with support and enrich you every day.

Be Active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Be Mindful

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep Learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.

Give Back

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.