RMIT’s Ways of WellBeing is a science-based model of protecting and maintaining your wellbeing, built on research and evidence about what kinds of behaviours help people be well.
Participating in the ways means including actions and activities in your life that may help improve or maintain wellbeing, build resilience, and lower your risk of experiencing mental health challenges. You may already be doing things that are aligned with the ways – and you may have even noticed that they improve your wellbeing.
Each of us have a role in looking after our own and each other's wellbeing, but it can be hard to know where to start. The ways aren’t about setting specific actions that people need to be doing – they’re about making sure that among all the things you do in life, you’re including something that moves you in those directions.
This means there are many different behaviours that might fall under each way of wellbeing – so there’s something for everyone! If you’re willing, you can experiment with some new activities to find out what works for you.
Mental health and wellbeing is important for life, study and work. As an organisation we are building a culture that fosters positive mental health and supports those in need. We have mapped out a Strategic Action Plan to build mental wellbeing.
Our plan addresses some of the organisational elements that influence student and staff health and wellbeing. It includes initiatives to assist us as individuals to take action too.
RMIT’s Ways of WellBeing are an evolution of the Five Ways to Wellbeing model - developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of the Foresight Commission in the UK. The Five Ways model has been used by many organisations including the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the NZ Mental Health Foundation.
Being balanced is about self-care and your values (knowing what’s important to you). This means resourcing your own needs, and working out who you want to be – now and in the future. These are just some of the ways you can take care of and be true to yourself:
Being grounded is about tuning in to what’s happening in the current moment. This means taking time to check in with yourself and your surroundings, appreciating the good stuff and seeking out what resonates with you. These are just some of the ways you can bring your attention into the present moment:
Being curious is about feeding your mind by growing and expanding your knowledge and trying new things. It might mean stepping outside your comfort zone, your field of expertise, or studies – or delving deeper into something you’re already familiar with. These are just some of the ways you can create an opportunity for your curiosity to flourish and grow:
Being active means using your body in ways that help you now and for the rest of your life. You can work up a sweat or do something gentle – even seated or lying down! Movement can benefit your body and wellbeing now and for the rest of your life. These are just some of the ways you can maintain your body and encourage it to be well:
Being connected is about building and maintaining connections with other humans. This means making friends, staying in touch with family, and having positive relationships with the people you work and study with. It doesn’t have to be in-person and it doesn’t have to be a big group – any human-to-human connection can nourish our brain and wellbeing. Here are just some of the ways you can invest in building and strengthening connections:
Being thoughtful is about contributing to your places – the communities and the environments you spend time in. It’s about being part of something bigger – giving back, participating, supporting others, and taking care of the natural world, and about being intentional about your actions and their impacts. These are just some of the ways you can be part of something bigger:
With thanks to Flinders University and Flinders University Student Association’s for illustrations from the Good Vibes Experiment.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.