The Five Ways to Wellbeing

Discover how you can apply the Five Ways to Wellbeing as you take part in the Kerry Step Challenge.

The New Economics Foundation did an extensive review of the literature and found the five best ways to support wellbeing: be active, connect, take notice, give and keep learning.  The following resources are listed to help participants apply the Five Ways to Wellbeing as they take part in the Kerry Step Challenge.


1. Be Active

All types of activity will go towards virtually completing routes on the Kerry Step Challenge.  The resources listed below can help you be active at home:

HSE video 1 desk stretches ‘Minding Yourself’ series

HSE video 2 desk stretches ‘Minding Yourself’ series

Sport Ireland information hub

Operation Transformation exercise videos

Sport Ireland activity in the home advice

Baile Mhuire Stay Active Exercise Booklet

Siel Bleu Ireland exercise videos

Ray and Ó Sé’s Fitness 15 exercise videos

– The HSE physiotherapist exercise guide and video 

2. Connect

Connect with others by completing the Kerry Step Challenge as part of a team or by encouraging other participants on their efforts social media

You can also connect with a local Rocking your 5km initiative.  This initiative encourages people to paint rocks with positive messages and place them in various locations for others to find along their walks.  When these rocks are seen, participants are encouraged to photograph them and post them on social media.  It is advised to use weather proof paint like acrylic paint to ensure durability.


3. Take Notice

During the Kerry Step Challenge, you can support your wellbeing by taking notice in nature.  These guides can help you connect with nature in your vicinity.


4. Give

As well as giving time to support the Kerry Step Challenge participants, be sure to set aside time to look after your wellbeing.  Practicing mindfulness on walks is one way you can give time to yourself.  Listening to sound clips like Edith Bowman’s podcasts can help you to tune into your surroundings on your walk. 


5. Keep Learning

Taking part in the Kerry Step Challenge gives you an opportunity to learn about iconic desitnations and routes in Kerry.