Connect with the people around me

Evidence shows that good relationships – with family, friends and our wider communities – are important for our mental wellbeing.

You could try

  • Investing time in developing your relationships with friends and family
  • Talking to someone new
  • Reaching out to someone you haven’t in awhile
  • Starting a lunch and natter club at your work or with your social group
  • Talking to someone rather than sending an email
  • Making time to find out how someone really is
  • Joining a social or sports club
  • Checking in on a relative or a friend – you could give them a call or pop round. A chat over a cuppa can go a long way and really make a difference.

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Your story

To me, connectivity is so important. It’s great to have connections with different people: colleagues, friends and family.  Just being with people can have a positive impact on my wellbeing. Connecting with others also develops new skills and interests and the ability to share experiences.

The gift of time is so precious, its so rewarding to think you have made a small difference to someone’s  day by simply listening to them, taking the time to ask them how they are or a quick text message to say hi. Random acts of kindness to are important, just making a colleague a cup of tea or buying a friend a bunch of flowers can have a huge impact on their day.

Connectivity and Giving have a positive impact on my wellbeing , they provide a sense of belonging and  sense of pride for maybe making others day a little more bright. I am aslo lucky to have people around me who provide kindness.

HarmonyI like to spend time with my family. It makes me really happy and it makes me feel good. I like doing craft and drawing, going to the park, havings hugs and kisses and unicorns and narwhals.

It feels like I have a lot of love around me.

Having just moved back to the UK I am really enjoying catching up with family and friends. Going to local the local village pubs has been a great way to do this. Attending local community events, work quiz night or sports can be a great way to build relationships and belong to your community

As I am turning 40 I am taking more notice of my physical wellbeing. I have never been a keen runner but decided to take the dog for a run around the heath. I had to stop several times but 3 weeks later am able to complete the circuit.

Being able to complete the run can give you a good sense of achievement and shows it doesn’t take much for your body to adapt and obtain a good level of fitness with a bit of effort. Couch to 5k is a good start for anyone.

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Don’t forget – we are here if you need to talk

For support with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions contact Changing Minds IAPT. Under 18? Visit CAMHS Live
For a range of other mental health support visit Mental Health Northants Collaboration or Northamptonshire Healthcare
Are you finding everyday tasks more difficult? Contact Supporting Independence.

Suicidal thoughts? Call 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123. You can also visit a Crisis Cafe – available across the county