Introducing the Five Ways to Well-being to the UK Motorbike Community
Mental Health Motorbike is the country’s first dedicated mental health charity for the motorbike community in the UK. As a leading charity for mental health support, they are thrilled to be promoting mental wellness and the five steps to well-being to the UK motorcycle community.
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and it often requires deliberate efforts to ensure its maintenance. According to the World Health Organization, one in four individuals globally is affected by mental health challenges, many of these people are undiagnosed. With the fast-paced nature of modern life, it is imperative to empower individuals with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of mental health and foster a culture of wellbeing.
The Five Steps to Well-being program was created by the New Economics Foundation is designed to provide practical guidance for individuals seeking to improve their mental health. Based on extensive research, these five steps have been identified as effective strategies to promote mental well-being and enhance overall life satisfaction. It is easy for the biking community to adopt these principles to improve mental health at the same time as enjoying their motorcycles.
The steps are as follows:
Connect: Cultivate and maintain strong, positive relationships with friends, family, and the wider community. Isolation can exacerbate mental health challenges, while social connections can provide support and improve overall emotional well-being.
An example: Attend a regular biker night or ride out to a local meeting place
Be Active: Engage in regular physical activity, as it has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress.
An example: Ride out to a beauty spot, take a walk, stop and clear you mind while you take in the environment around you.
Take Notice: Foster a mindful and ‘be in the’ present mindset. Being aware of and appreciating the present moment can help increase self-awareness, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being.
An example: While you are out on your bike, maybe stop and consider how enjoyable it is and how lucky you are to own your motorcycle and how good it feels to be out on the fresh air.
Keep Learning: Continue to expand your knowledge and skills. Learning new things can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment, leading to improved mental well-being.
An example: Consider joining a post test training group, you’ll enjoy riding more ( and stay safe) as well as making new friends too, and having another reason to get out on your bike
Give: Engage in acts of kindness and contribute to the well-being of others. Selflessness and giving back to your community can create a sense of purpose and fulfilment, positively impacting mental health.
An example: There are so many opportunities to volunteer both inside and outside the biker community. Doing good makes you feel better, Norton have joined with Mental Health Motorbike partly for this reason.
Together Mental Health Motorbike and Norton Motorcycles aim to empower bikers to take charge of their mental well-being, reduce the stigma associated with poor mental health and encourage bikers to speak out when they are feeling low.
Mental Health Motorbike actively supports bikers at times of need and trains bikers in mental health first aid – giving them the confidence to help others.
Share your stories and focus on your mental health selfcare. For more information on the Five Steps to Well-being program, please visit https://form.jotform.com/mhmotorbike/fiveways