Top tips

The ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ have been identified through extensive research and expert opinion as simple actions that anyone can take that will have a positive impact on their day to day wellbeing.


When it comes to our wellbeing, other people matter. Connect with people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

  • Have face-to-face conversations
  • Take five minutes to find out how someone is really feeling
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask someone how their weekend was 

Be Active

Being active is great for your physical health and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

  • Walk instead of taking the bus
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Do some regular exercise
  • Take part in a social sport
  • Go for a jog or walk in the park

Take Notice

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Be aware of what is taking place around you. This directly enhances mental wellbeing.

  • De-clutter your space
  • Focus on the weather or seasons
  • Eat lunch in a new place
  • Focus on exactly what you are doing

Keep Learning

Learning new skills can give a sense of achievement and new confidence. You are never too old to learn something new and interesting.

  • Sign up for a new class
  • Learn arts and crafts
  • Read a book
  • Rediscover an old interest


Giving to others is a good thing, but it can also do a lot of good for your own mental wellbeing. Small acts, like a smile or a kind word, or larger acts such as volunteering can all help.

  • Volunteer for a local charity or club
  • Thank someone
  • Smile at someone and say hello
  • Do something nice for a friend

5 ways to Health and Wellbeing Museum Guide

A visit to a museum can help to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. As you visit the different galleries and spaces in Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, think about the things in this print at home leaflet based on the five ways to health and wellbeing.