Building Futures take part in 10 Steps to Happier Living as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Bryony Young
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    halow young people learn how to be happier and healthier as part of #Mentalhealth Awareness Week 2019.

    The Building Futures Group have been taking part in the Action for Happiness ‘10 Steps to Happier Living’ project as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.  

    The 10 steps to happier living is a framework which everyone can work to in order to keep the mind and body happy and healthy.  It’s very easy to follow these simple steps that can be fitted into any day with proven results worldwide.

    For our young people, it has helped them to focus on their life goals and personal development.  The group have been ticking off one or two of the ‘GREAT DREAM’ goals every day this week and will continue into next week in order to complete the project.

    Giving - do things for others – A session on giving to others

    Relating - connecting with others - Connecting with our contacts and volunteered at Normandy Gardens or on a wellbeing stall in the Friary Centre.

    Exercising – take care of your body and Awareness – live life mindfully

    Learning about our emotions at Oakleaf and a mindful, orienteering walk with SOLD, Surrey Outdoor Activity Centre.

    Trying out – keep learning new things - getting involved with the local community, learning a new walking route and taking part in the Annual Rotary Walk on Sunday 19 May. 

    Direction - have goals to look forward to - An emphasis on own short-term goals, including fitness and general goals we wish to have in our lives.

    Resilience - find ways to bounce back – A session at Birtley house with the course leader for Action for Happiness

    Emotions - look for what's good - A session on how to manage our emotions during difficult times.

    Acceptance - be comfortable with who you are – A session around body image

    Meaning - be part of something bigger - Random Acts of Kindness!  Giving out flowers to strangers in the streets of Guildford thanks to the support of Guildford in Bloom.

    As this years Mental Health Awareness Week for 2019 has been body image, the Building Futures Group took some extra time this week to think about how to take care of their bodies as part of their weekly exercise gym and outdoor sessions.

    The Building Futures Group linked up with different organisations within Guildford and Surrey to try some new experiences and learn from expert providers.   Thanks to the support of the local community, the group has managed to complete this week’s project.

    We look forward to providing more updates next week!