A government think tank has come up with a "five a day" program designed to help people stay sane. The Mental Capital and Wellbeing report was compiled by Foresight. They believe that a small increase in levels of wellbeing can produce a large decrease in mental health problems. It suggests amongst other things connecting with others, being active, taking notice of your surrounding, learning and giving to neighbours and the community. The five steps from the article are listed below but can they really keep you sane?
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding