CAMEL - our handy acronym to good mental health

A lot of us feel like we’ve lost a year. At Emotionalskills we suggest that whilst recognising and being grateful for the good things in your life you could also look forward toward positive development. 

Take time to mindfully consider any changes lockdown has brought about… good or bad. Ask yourself, “How can I improve myself and those around me emotionally and physically? How can I optimise my life?” You may consider your options and make post covid resolutions … realistic resolutions.

If you do decide to have a new outlook and progress emotionally, try to have realistic timescales to achieve these changes.  It doesn’t need to be a dramatic change either, small is good. 

At Emotionalskills we’ve created a handy acronym CAMEL, from the research by The New Economics Foundation, which showcases five ways to good emotional health.

Connect

Make an effort to be with other people. Try to be friendly and share thoughts and feelings. Attempt to join in and try to empathise with others. 

When could you connect with others?

Altruism

Give and do something for someone other than yourself and your immediate family, possibly someone you don’t know.

How might you be altruistic?

Mindful

Take notice; fully observe, situations, occurrences, sights and people. Live in the moment, in the here and now. Use a contemplative mindful thought process. Try the various forms of meditation.

Which mindfulness practices can you incorporate in your life?

Exercise

Keep moving. Do some exercise. Get out of breath and get your heart beating above its resting rate every day.

Detail what exercise you could do regularly?

Learn

Stretch yourself, be curious, take up a new skill and explore, learn or     discover something new.

Describe how and what you might like to learn?

“Change is often difficult, but persistence pays off, expect and accept setbacks… 5 steps forward and 4 steps backwards, but keep going. ”

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation for the Foresight Commission UK

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