The CAN DO Challenge
The five ways to wellbeing are five things we can all do that are scientifically-proven to help us feel better.
The CAN DO Challenge invites you to do all FIVE of them.
The five ways are:
- Connect - connect with other people (eg. call an old friend or family member)
- (Be) Active - move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc)
- Notice - take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour and look around)
- Discover - learn something new (eg. read a book you haven't read before)
- Offer (or give) - do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group)
You CAN DO it by yourself. Or with friends.
Want to make the challenge more challenging?
- Can you do all five in one day
- Can you do a different way for each day of the week?
- Can you find a single activity that ticks all 5 boxes? Taking a group of people on a historical walk, for example.
- Can you get five friends to do it too?
- Can you really make a day of it and do each activity for an hour?
- Not sure what to do? To get you thinking, here are 50 ideas from our men's health champions. There are dozens more ideas in Man MOT For The Mind.
- Keep checking back here - we'll be posting some of our favourite ideas.
Boost our mental health. We CAN DO it
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.
In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.
We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.