5 Ways to Wellbeing MK

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

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Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

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Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence and it can also improve mental wellbeing. It doesn’t have to mean getting qualifications. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life. Why not sign up for a cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

For children, learning plays an important role in social and cognitive development. However, continuing to learn through life can improve and maintain our mental wellbeing. The opportunity to engage in work or educational activities may help to lift older people out of depression.

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Some local services you might find helpful

NHS Choices – learn for mental wellbeing

Milton Keynes Council – Adult Learning

Milton Keynes  Heritage & Culture

Milton Keynes Library home page and online reference material

Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) uses arts and creativity to improve health and wellbeing. 

The Open University offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications.

Milton Keynes College offers full time and part time courses from GCSEs to HNDs, as well as professional skills courses and apprenticeships.

Cranfield University based in Milton Keynes offers research, postgraduate education and professional development.