5 ways to wellbeing



Taking care of your mental wellbeing is very important now more than ever especially because most people may be at home and isolated, and some of us may be dealing with the difficulties of loss or watching the news of people dying around us.

5 Ways to Wellbeing are five recommended actions that research has shown we can all do to support personal wellbeing, help us feel good and prevent mental health problems during difficult times. These actions are:

Read on to find out more about how you can incorporate these 5 actions to your everyday life even in the current climate while at home. Read stories from our residents about how they are taking care of their wellbeing and their community during the lockdown.

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Connect Click to get info

Social connections with people around us- colleagues, friends, family and loved ones- can make us feel happier. Here’s some ideas for how you can connect more even while at home

  • Make time to check on friends, family and colleagues- this could be a quick conversation by telephone or face to face meeting over video calls
  • Don’t forget to check on those who may live on their own and may be particularly affected by social isolation at this time
  • Attend social events and take up opportunities for meeting new people including the ones taking place virtually during the lockdown

Keep learning Click to get info

Continually mastering new skills, improves self-esteem and reduces depression and anxiety. Now is the perfect time to learn that language or new skill you have always wanted to! Sign up for a class and learn somethings new.

Be active Click to get info

Physical activity such as walking, jogging, exercise and sports not only great for our physical health but is known to be one of the best ways to make you look and feel good.

  • Go for a walk, jog or run- helps you keep fit while allowing you to get Vitamin D
  • Join FREE online and at home fitness resources.

Walking Routes

Route 1: Walk around Fellowship Square Campus: 425m, 6mins

Starting from the Assembly hall, walk around the Fountain to Magistrates building (Farnan Ave) and back 

Find the walking route using Google Maps

Route 2: Walk around Chestnut fields, 850m, 10 to 15 mins

Find the walking route using Google Maps.

Route 3: Walthamstow Market, 2.5km, 30 to 35minutes

Fellowship Square to Walthamstow Market (via Hoe Street) and back

Find the walking route using Google Maps.

Route 4: Lloyds Park, 2.9km, 35 to 50minutes

Fellowship Square to Lloyds Park (Using William Morris Entrance) stroll round the park and back to Fellowship Square

Find the walking route using Google Maps

Route 5: Lea Valley Park, 5km,  60 to 65minutes

Fellowship Square to Lea Valley Park, Douglas Eyre Playing fields

Find the walking route using Google Maps.

Cycle Routes

Route 1: Ride around Lloyds Park: 3.5km, 13 to 15mins

Begin at Fellowship Square, then enter the park via the William Morris Gallery entrance, returning back to Fellowship Square via Farnan Ave. 

Find the cycle route using Google Maps

Cycle route 1

Route 2: Ride around Wetlands, 4.6km to  25mins

Beginning at Fellowship Square, going down Forest Road and then returning. 

Find the cycle route using Google Maps.

Route 3: Ride around Leyton Flats, 8.5 miles, 31 to 35 mins

Beginning at Fellowship Square, heading down Wood Street, past Whipps Cross and around Leyton Flats. Then returning back to Fellowship Square.

Find the cycle route using Google Maps.

Route 4: Ride to Banbury reservoir, 10.1km, 35 to 40 Mins

Leaving Fellowship Square via Billet road, riding around the reservoir, past chalk bridge, and then back to Fellowship Square via Lloyds Park beginning at Fellowship Square

Find the cycle route using Google Maps.

Route 5: Ride to Lee Valley Golf Course, 17km, 55 to 60mins

Heading North from Fellowship Square towards Chingford Mount, past William Girling Reservoir, to Lee Valley Golf Course and back to Fellowship Square following the A406

Find the cycle route using Google Maps.


Take notice Click to get info

Being aware of our feelings, what matters to us and the beautiful world around us can help us be more self-aware and foster our values and happiness. Taking notice of our surroundings can seem difficult during quarantine but here are some ideas you can still enjoy while at home:

  • Notice the seasons changing in your garden, local parks, or out of your window.
  • Take time to reflect on what matters most to you-  what makes you happy, your passions, likes and dislikes.
  • Take free online mindfulness training at www.good-thinking.uk

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Giving or volunteering your time, resources or ideas to a cause you are passionate about, can be very rewarding and lead to a feeling of being useful and appreciated by others and has been shown to improve our feeling of happiness. Remember that by taking care of ourselves we are better equipped to take care of those we love and care about. Here are a few opportunities to volunteer your time:

Mental Health is everyone’s business. We are encouraging all our residents, staff and partners to support our campaign by sharing the following resources amongst your network. 

We have a range of resources for 

  • Social media, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook 
  • Outdoor screens including bus stop signs 
  • and TV screens 

To access the free resources please email swabrina.njoku@walthamforest.gov.uk and we'll be happy to send you what you need.

Waltham Forest has been blessed with amazing sceneries and large acres of beautiful nature and green spaces that draws in visitors from across London and the UK. Here are a few MUST SEE sites to visit and things to do, to connect with nature for health and wellbeing:

Recent research has shown that the mental health of young people has declined especially over the pandemic. in 2020, one in six (16.0%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a mental disorder, increasing from one in nine (10.8%) in 2017. The increase was evident in both boys and girls.

The Government has thus released guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

Similarly Waltham Forest’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing campaign offers evidence based solutions young people can take to look after their own wellbeing. If you work with young people please share messages around self help and mental health using our 5 ays to wellbeing resources and guidance and case studies.

Read William's story about supporting his own and others wellbeing during the pandemic

Resources for Schools and Young People

  • Kooth offers confidential emotional wellbeing and counselling support to young people aged 11-19 who are feeling low or anxious. Young people can access self-help articles, counselling and moderated forums through the service
  • PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention society) offer help online to young people feeling suicidal
  • ChildLine offers a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem.
  • Anti-Bullying Alliance offer support to parents and children experiencing bullying
  • Young Minds focus on helping younger people with their mental health
  • Shout provides free confidential support 24/7 for anyone in crisis.
  • The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service for young people

Resources for Parents

  • Our Children and Family Centres (CFCs) offer fun and educational services, activities, and support for families with young children.
  • Flourish offers group support to mothers to talk about how they feel, their worries anxieties and learn to have more fun with their babies. Contact- familysupport@tlpcc.org.uk
  • Waltham Forest Family Handbook is for parents and families in Waltham Forest to access support for families over the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Suntrap-at-home offer fun and educational ideas you can do with your children safely at home or in your local green space with a focus on nature and the environment.

Having good mental wellbeing contributes to your mental health and helps protect you from developing mental illness.

Mental wellbeing is how you are feeling and how well you can cope with daily life.

Find more help and advice through our Mental Health pages