As we pack away our Christmas trees and polish off the turkey, most people’s thoughts turn to New Year resolutions.
Maybe you want to get fit and healthy, or find exciting places to explore so you can spend more time with friends and family. Perhaps, you just want to enjoy life to its fullest and increase your wellbeing.
Supported by local GPs and health groups, research has shown that there are five ways to wellbeing that we can all enjoy. So, if you live or work near one of our wonderful waterways here’s how they can help you achieve five ways to wellbeing – and keep your resolutions this year.
The evidence shows that feeling close to, and valued by other people is a fundamental human need. With this in mind, try to do something different today and spend time with others:
Regular activity is great for health and fitness but did you know it’s also helpful in lowering depression and promoting wellbeing? It doesn’t have to be particularly intense for you to feel good:
Studies show that being aware of your surroundings directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help reaffirm your life priorities. You could:
They say ‘learning something new every day’ can enhance self-esteem and encourage that vital social connection and a more active life. Here are a few of our ideas:
Community life attracts a lot of attention in wellbeing research. People who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. It’s not just about doing a good deed - our volunteer love to stay active, meet new friends and do their bit to keep their local canal a special place.
You’ll have loads more ideas on how canals and rivers can support your New Year resolutions. Why not share them with us on our Facebook page?
Last date edited: 3 January 2017