Take notice: Six ways to wellbeing

Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs. Being around nature and greenspace can help us take notice and can boost our mental health and wellbeing. 

Being in nature can involve going for a walk, gardening at home or through a community project, or simply sitting in a green space and enjoying your surroundings. It doesn’t need to cost a penny! 

Take notice

Support to take notice in West Lothian  

Green spaces Our green spaces page has information about West Lothian’s beautiful country parks, woodland areas, walking routes and community groups, along with lots of other useful resources.  

Community Gardens, Allotments and Growing Growing food can be a cheap way to eat healthily as well as enjoy nature and get some exercise. Gardening can also be a very social activity. 

Nature & Wildlife We are lucky to have lots of opportunities to explore nature and see wildlife across West Lothian. 

Parks There are also lots of smaller parks across West Lothian to explore. 

Venture Trust supports people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm. 

Wild Ways Well are free gentle nature and wellbeing sessions which provide opportunities for people to spend time outdoors, experience the greenspaces in the local area and the natural world around them.

Other resources to support taking notice include: 

  • Mindfulness to help you be more aware and understanding of your feelings in a non-judgemental way.  
  • Positive affirmations are encouraging phrases or statements that can help motivate you when you’re feeling stuck or finding it difficult to get started with something. 

Ideas to take notice! 

  • Take up a mindful hobby like knitting or journaling 
  • Write down three things in your life you feel grateful for 
  • Allocate time in the evening to reflect on what went well that day 

Be active

Staying active is linked to both positive physical health and mental wellbeing

Keep learning

Learning new things is a good way to meet people and boost our self confidence


Acts of kindness can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied with life

Financial wellbeing

Money worries, housing and employment can all affect our wellbeing


Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others

The graphics on this page were created by Health in Mind. To learn more about what Health in Mind does, please visit: www.health-in-mind.org.uk.

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