Boosting wellbeing

Feel happier and enjoy life more with these seven tips to help young people improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

1. Connect

Encourage them to connect with people: family, friends, teachers or neighbours. Let them develop those relationships as when it comes to our wellbeing, other people matter.


2. Get more sleep

Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. Lack of sleep can seriously magnify feelings of unhappiness or depression and anxiety — so treat your body right and your mind will thank you.


3. Keep learning

Learning new skills and bettering yourself can give a sense of confidence and achievement. Through the DofE the options are endless! Mental wellbeing means feeling good, and learning new skills can boost confidence and self-esteem.

4. Be active

Encourage your child to choose activities they enjoy and make it part of their life. It doesn’t have to be the gym or a team sport, there are innumerable ways to get active through the DofE Physical section.


5. Make a difference

Giving to others, even if it’s a small act, can make a difference. Volunteering in the local community as part a participant's DofE programme can give a sense of purpose and boost feelings of self-worth.


6. Get outside

Connecting with nature on a DofE expedition can clear the mind, reduce anxiety and build confidence: all positively affecting a young person's psychological wellbeing.


7. Eat healthy

As well as affecting our physical health, what we eat and drink may also affect the way we feel. Improving their diet and hydrating more may help young people improve their mood, give them more energy, and help them think more clearly.

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