The 5 Ways to WellbeinG

Have a look at the photos above - these are just some of the ways we have been expressing the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in school recently.

At Morley Victoria, we are passionate about mental health and ensuring our pupils are equipped with the knowledge, skills and strategies required to live happy and healthy lives. 

Research shows there are five simple things we can do as part of our daily lives to build resilience, boost wellbeing and lower the risk of developing mental health problems. These simple actions are known internationally as the Five Ways to Wellbeing. 

At Morley Victoria we promote and practice the Five Ways to Wellbeing. 


Why the Five Ways work 

Connect: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing. 

Keep Learning: Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life more generally positively stimulates the brain. 

Be Active: Being physically active, including at work, improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety. 

Give: Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing. 

Take Notice: Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing. 


Five Ways to Wellbeing in action 

Keep active: 

dance to your favourite song 

walk a dog 

hula hoop 

join a sports team 

play a game in the playground 

walk or cycle to school 

help in the garden 

run a race with friends 

make up your own sport 

Take notice: 

look what you can see out of your window and how it changes 

paint or draw a picture of what you've seen today 

think about how you are feeling today 

listen to the sounds of nature like the wind and rain 

play I spy 

notice how your friends or family are feeling today 


talk to your friends and family 

help a friend or neighbour 

eat a meal with your family 

make a new friend 

say hello 

bake some cakes and share them 

Keep learning: 

learn a new word each day 

visit a museum or art gallery 

try out a musical instrument 

do a word search 

try a new food 

learn to cook a new recipe 

study an animal or bug 

visit a new place 

write a story or song 


smile and say thank you 

make a homemade present or card for no reason 

hold a door open for someone 

give someone you love a hug 

send your old toys to a charity shop 

share with others 

help around the house - wash the dishes or do some dusting 

listen to someone else and how they are feeling