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Carer’s Wellbeing – The 5 Ways to Wellbeing

 

Carers ACT is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing initiative.

 

‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ is an introduction to five simple and effective ways to improve our psychological and emotional health that are based on extensive international research. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body for our overall wellbeing. Like physical fitness, we can strengthen our psychological health in lots of small day-to-day ways. This will help us live a happier and a longer life as well as help us to cope with stress.

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Connect

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Be Aware

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Be Active

4
Keep Learning

5
Help Others

 

5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia | home (external website)

 

Evidence based

Evidence for 5 Ways to Wellbeing, draws on some of the best available international research about mental wellbeing through life. It synthesised research from 400 international scientists and explored the challenges for improving mental wellbeing of the whole population.

North West Area Mental Health Service, a part of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, together with local organisations, reviewed this evidence in the Australian context and local supporting research evidence. The evidence established that each of the 5 ways has been shown to improve personal sense of wellbeing across the life span and regardless of starting point in mental health.


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1. Connect

Human beings require social connection to be psychologically healthy. Our relationships with others contribute to feelings of happiness, security, belonging and self-worth.

Connect — 5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia (external website)


Workshops and events to support you to connect 

see Carers ACT website for details

Online half hour workshops:

In-person programs:


Resources to support you to connect


For male carers:


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2. Be Aware

By being aware of our thoughts and feelings as they arise, without getting lost in them, can increase our ability to keep calm, reduce stress, think clearly, cope better with difficult situations and improve mood.

Be Aware – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia (external website)


Workshops to support you to be aware 

see Carers ACT website for details.

Online half-hour workshops:

In-person programs:


Resources to support you to be aware:


For male carers:


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3. Be active (and healthy)

Being active can elevate our mood, keep us at a healthier weight, increase our muscle mass, increase our brain cells, and prevent or delay the onset of many illnesses. It also helps to complete our stress cycles.

Be Active – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia (external website)


Workshops and sessions to support you to be active

see Carers ACT website for details.


Resources to support you to be active:


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4. Keep learning

Learning new things can be fun, boost our self-confidence and self-esteem, help us to find meaning and purpose in life, and connect us with others.

Keep Learning – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia (external website)


Workshops and sessions to support you to keep learning

see Carers ACT website for details.

In person programs:


Resources to support you to keep learning:


For male carers:


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5. Help others

As carers you already spent much time helping others. Outside of your caring role even the smallest act, whether it’s a smile, a “thank you”, or a kind word can also make a difference to the life of others and your own.

Help Others – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Australia (external website)


 

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