Last year, I was meandering through the internet, searching for ways to strengthen my support for those near and dear to me who struggle with mental health well-being. I came across the Wellbeing Garden on this website http://www.slam.nhs.uk/wellbeing-garden
According to the website, there are five evidence based ways, or actions, to improve personal well-being. And it matters not if your mental health is near perfect ,or less than, because these 5 actions benefit us all.The five actions are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give.
I thought I would make a good start to the New Year by working in my Wellbeing Garden. I decided my action for the day would be Give. I enjoy making bread and, usually, make a good job of it, so I set out to make a loaf of bread to give away. I make bread by hand and by machine. I chose the machine option for today and look what happened to my first gift of the year…….
I felt that not even my very best friend would want an improperly risen loaf, so my bread has been gifted to the birds. Not quite what I was planning but the birds are feasting. Or, as in this photo, they are considering the feasting possibilities.
Now, to start at the end of the list and work backwards which seems to suit my day’s endeavours gone awry:
I gave to the birds;
I learned that even failures have a plus side, even if it’s mostly for the birds;
I noticed that I didn’t take enough notice when measuring my ingredients;
I was active making bread;
I connected with the birds, my fallibility, and the mysterious wonderous art of bread making.
And I feel fine and I think the birds do too.