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5 ways you can improve your wellbeing this weekend

Need some ideas to make the most of your weekend? Here’s five ways you can improve your wellbeing. Even the smallest step can make a big difference to how you feel.

Woman improving wellbeing by exploring nature

Great outdoors: Getting out and taking notice is a good way to improve wellbeing

By Charlotte Fuge

1. Connect with friends and make new ones too

You speak with your colleagues almost every day of the week, and some may even be friends outside of work.  Keep nurturing these relationships, but take the time to connect with others around you. There may be someone new in your team, see if they would like to share a lunchbreak with you. Grab a coffee and a sandwich, get to a local park or the beach and make the most of the good weather.

2. Keep learning by finding out more about Dorset’s history

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing”. Learning is for life. There are many interesting things to discover in Dorset. You can find local museums and attractions by visiting the tourism websites for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

There is a sundial in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens, a great interactive opportunity for children. The science and history behind it is fascinating. In Poole, you can go on the Poole Trail to find out about the history of the town. In Bournemouth, you can visit the Hengistbury Head visitor centre to find out about the area’s history, archaeology and geology.

3. Be active by using public parks and equipment

There are many ways to keep active using public sports facilities that are either free or cheap to use. Lots of local parks now have gym equipment and tennis courts. If this sort of active is not your thing, you can take a stroll around a local park and take in all the sights and sounds. Or you can swap a journey you would usually take in the car for walking or riding a bike.

4. Take notice of sounds

The rumble of traffic is never too far from us, but has it just become background noise? Find a bench to sit and listen, what exactly can you hear? Alongside the traffic you may hear birds, bees buzzing, children laughing and many other sounds of summer. Being mindful isn’t about blocking out the noises in our lives, it’s being aware of them, and not letting them add to your anxiety. If you don’t fancy sitting, have a wander through a park or an open space.

5. Give with even the smallest of gestures

There are many ways to give, and it doesn’t have to be a big gesture. If you can’t give your time to volunteer then there are other ways you can give. Go out and do something nice for someone else, even the smallest gesture can brighten someone else’s day and make you feel good in return.  Smile at people who are walking towards you down the street or give up your seat to someone who needs it more than you. In this hot weather, check on an elderly neighbour or relative – pop round with an ice lolly!

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