Keeping Healthy Feeling Good
Step 1 – Connect
Disability can be very isolating. Take time to build stronger relationships with the people in your life. Having good relationships and a strong social network can reduce stress and stress-related illness.
NSWUG Tip: Make space in your weekly routine for a cuppa and a chat with a friend.
Step 2 – Be active
People who keep active are more likely to have better physical and mental health.
NSWUG Tip: Keeping active doesn’t have to be about joining a gym. Find something that will interest you and that you can enjoy, so that keeping active is fun, not a chore. Locally available activities include accessible cycling, angling, archery, Tai Chi, new age kurling, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair yoga and much more.
Step 3 – Take notice
Being more aware of what’s going on in the world around you helps you to become more aware of yourself, mentally stronger and more able to make positive changes in your life.
NSWUG Tip: The natural world is constantly changing and there are many beautiful green spaces in our area. Pick your favourite, visit regularly and note the changes. Try keeping a diary or photo journal.
Step 4 – Keep learning
Find something new to do or revisit an old interest. Learning new skills is a real confidence booster!
NSWUG Tip: If you don’t fancy a college course, there are many other options. Try using the internet to research your family tree or to find out more about the history of the area you live in.
Step 5 – Give
Everyone has something to give to others, such as giving time or helping others learn new skills. Giving is not always about money. Giving makes you feel better, more valued and connected to others.
Many of our members volunteer time to community groups and charities. It’s a way of supporting valued activities and causes and a way of giving something back to the community, and it makes you feel good! Many local charities couldn’t survive without volunteer support. Your time, skills and experience are very valuable.