News New Year, New Courses Now the festive period is over and plans for 2016 are being made, it’s a good time to take stock of how we can improve our everyday wellbeing. New Year resolutions can be a useful tool to motivate us to become more active or cut back on unhealthy habits; they can also set helpful all year round goals that can monitor and improve our mental wellbeing. There are many easy steps we can take on the road to better mental health and the City and Hackney Wellbeing Network aims to help. The Wellbeing Network is offering brand new and exciting courses for 2016, which you can get involved in. All of the courses are designed to enhance our mental wellbeing, through meeting with others and beginning new holistic hobbies and therapies. Below, we have listed a new course from each area of the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'; connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. Connect Walk and Talk Starts 05/01/16 - morning Promotes the concept of Eco Therapy, and connects the Turkish and Kurdish community (Derman) Be Active Chi Kung Starts 12/01/16 - evening Chi Kung is a form of Chinese movement exercise that benefits joints, muscles, breathing techniques, meditation and posture (Centre for Better Health) Take Notice Keep Calm and Carry On: Managing Stress and Worry in Everyday Life Starts 11/01/16 - evening A course which helps young people manage stress and worry. It will help their ability to enjoy life and cope with environmental stressors by taking notice of their environment and reactions. (City and Hackney Mind) Keep Learning Explore your Inner Artist Starts 16/01/16 - morning This is a course to help discover hidden creativity. Each session will be based on separate topics and participants will have small tasks to complete in between sessions, unleashing the creative flow. (Studio Upstairs) Give The Confidence Project Starts 11/01/16 - afternoon This is a course which helps build confidence and healthy body image by developing strategies in a fun and positive environment. (City and Hackney Mind) All of these courses are beginning in January, giving you a great chance to start a new hobby, explore some creativity or connect with others, and bring on the more mentally healthy you! To find out more, visit the Wellbeing website, or call 0208 525 2301 to speak to a member of the team.