An A to Z of Wellbeing and ways you can look after yourself

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is quite a broad word, but in simple terms, it’s a state of being happy, healthy, and satisfied with life. It can be tricky to consciously start to better look after your mental and physical wellbeing, but to get you started, we’ve created an A to Z of our suggestions.

Our A to Z guide to looking after your physical and mental wellbeing

Our guide was originally recorded by Victoria, a personal tutor at REACH, who shared her thoughts live on the Trust Links Live Facebook this summer. You can find the full video at the bottom of this page, but keep reading for a simple breakdown of ways your can look after your wellbeing.

A – Affirmations: Say something nice to yourself, such as “I am strong enough to face any challenges today”, or, “I am talented, and I am a good person”.

an example of square breathing. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4, exhale for 4 seconds, rest for 4. Repeat
An example of square breathing

B – Breathing: Use your breathe purposefully for your mind. Think about your breathe, or even try a breathing exercise, such as square breathing.

C – Challenging unhealthy thoughts: Remind yourself that thoughts are not facts. Imagine how you would respond if you heard a friend saying those unhealthy things to themselves. You would probably want to support them, and you would also probably hear that those things are in fact, not true.

D – Vitamin D: We take in vitamin D from being outdoors in the sun, but you can more than just a tan from being outside. Vitamin D is beneficial for your immune system, and also helps the brain to create serotonin – a chemical that makes you feel good.

E – Exercise: By incorporating exercise into your routine, you’re doing something good for your physical and mental wellbeing. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and help you sleep better.

F – Fun: Do something you enjoy, and do it for you! It’s important to take time doing something you find fun, so try to make time each day to do something that will help to bring you joy.

G – Gratitude: Taking time to remind yourself of all the things you are thankful for has been proven to positively influence your mental wellbeing. Try making a list, or just taking a quiet moment to reflect.

H – Hippocampus: This sounds a bit tricky, but the hippocampus is a part of the brain that helps to form and organise memories. To some people, learning about how your brain works can help to bring us a bit of comfort, and understand that our feelings are natural.

I – Instagram and social media: Social media can be great for staying connected and interacting with others, but it can also harm our self-confidence. Try filling your social media with things that bring you joy, and clear it of people and news sources that make you feel bad. We made a list of apps that we feel can be good for your wellbeing, you can see it here.

drawing of man writing in wellbeing journal

J – Journaling: Journaling is a good way to clear out all your thoughts and feelings in one private place. It’s a good way to get to know yourself a bit better, and make sense of your emotions.

K – Kindness: It only takes a second, and one small act to be kind. At Trust Links, kindness is key, and something we believe we should all be practicing every day – even if it’s just a smile, or saying good morning.

L – Lists:  Lists allow you to get your thoughts out while focussing on things to do, and make a start on things you want to do. You can also make a list of things you have done in a day to see what you have achieved.

M – Make a start: Those goals and things you want to do – start them! If your goal is a big one, try chopping it into smaller goals and making it more achievable.

N – Say NO: Don’t be afraid to say no and make time for yourself. You cannot please everyone, and by saying yes all the time, you’re at risk of burning out and building up resentment.

O – Organisation: Even if you just start with a box, or a cupboard, organisation can give you something to focus on and a sense of accomplishment. Victoria shared “Once I’ve spent time organising something, I feel so much calmer”.

P – Practice the pause: This works well with a breathing exercise. Remember, you do not have to respond to someone or something straight away. It’s ok to pause and take a breath. Sometime we act reactively and less rationally. So practice the pause, and put your best self forward.

Q – Question your feelings: If you can name it, you can tame it. If you’re not sure how to name what your feeling, try giving it some characteristics and name it yourself. Where do you feel it? What colour is it?

R – Relaxation: Too much productivity can be called toxic productivity. If you’re trying to do too much, you may find it difficult to relax and feel overwhelmed. Take a breathe, and think back to practicing the pause.

S – Self care: Self care is any activity to deliberately look after our physical and mental wellbeing. Perhaps it’s going for a run, or meditation; the focus is that it is done for you.

T – Therapy:  There is no shame in seeking professional help.

U – Utilising your support network: Reach out to people you trust and talk to them about your thoughts and feelings. They are there, and they care.

V – Values: What is important to you? Take time to think about what you need present in your life to make it happy and fulfilling.

W – Water: Thirst can often disguise itself as lot of different things. Staying hydrated will help to keep you energised, stay alert, and can also be an effective grounding technique.

X – X is a tricky one, so we’re going for Xylophone, which relates to music. Music can help to reduce stress and make you happy. Listening to music can also help some people to sleep better, and even improve memory.

Y – YouTube: YouTube is a great source of engaging content. Unlike scrolling through Facebook, you can choose what you’re seeing, and watch things that make you feel good. With a range of content, there are videos to inspire you, such as speeches, creative tutorials, and self care guidance. If you haven’t already, you can visit and subscribe to the Trust Links YouTube channel here.

Z – When we think of Z, we think of sleep (as in, Zzz). Practicing good sleep hygiene, and finding a routine that works for you can work wonders for your body and mind. If you’re looking for more advice on a good night’s sleep, read our article from Jassa about good sleep hygiene.

Watch the A to Z of Wellbeing video