Ulster Rugby is delighted to be able to actively promote and support the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’ campaign at all upcoming home matches this season.
In line with Ulster Rugby’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy ‘Rugby at the Heart of the Community’, we are fully committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the province.
Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well. Ulster Rugby is currently working with Belfast Strategic Partnership to promote ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’, five simple steps that can help to maintain and improve our wellbeing.
Take 5 is built on research carried out by the New Economics Foundation and is supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA). Evidence shows that people who practice all 5 steps have the highest level of wellbeing regardless of circumstances.
To launch the Take 5 campaign, Ulster Rugby have produced a short promotional video featuring Ulster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions star Iain Henderson.
Séamus Mullen, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement (Belfast and South Eastern area) for the Public Health Agency, is encouraging people of all ages to look after their emotional wellbeing and to Take 5:
“Think of Take 5 as your ‘five a day’ for emotional wellbeing. For many people these simple steps will already be a part of their everyday lives. We are asking people to be aware of these activities and to strengthen them; and for those who haven’t yet considered ‘Taking 5’, we’re asking them to build these 5 steps into their daily lives”.
Chris Shields, Rugby Projects Manager at Ulster Rugby added:
“We are delighted to be involved in this excellent campaign and we would like to thank the Public Health Agency for their continued support of all our Health & Wellbeing initiatives.
“For any supporters attending upcoming Ulster Rugby matches at Kingspan Stadium, starting with the New Year’s Day fixture against Munster, please keep an eye out for the various promotional elements of the Take 5 campaign – in the match programme, on the big screen, and at the Take 5 stall in the fan zone.”
The Take 5 messages encourage everyone to build the following five activities into everyday life: Connect, Keep learning, Be active, Take notice and Give. They can improve your mood, help you cope when life doesn’t go to plan and strengthen your relationships.
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Keep learning: Don’t’ be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or interest or simply set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun to do.
Be active: Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good so discover a physical activity you enjoy, one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take notice: Stop, pause, be aware of the world around you and what you’re feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Give: do something nice for a friend or stranger; smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
The Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing toolkit and more information is available at: www.makinglifebettertogether.com/emotional-resilience