Your Wellbeing Matters
by Lisa Hunt-Wotton
I look after the website and social media for a business in Croydon called Croydon Herbal Health. The tag line that I designed for them is “Your Wellbeing Matters”. It got me thinking. Wellbeing is a word that we don’t often use and to be honest it is a word that I hadn’t really discovered until recently. We do think of it in terms of physical health but it is so much more than that.
Your Wellbeing Matters
What is wellbeing?
It is more than happiness which can change with circumstances. Nor is it about wealth or success. To understand wellbeing we need to look at it holistically. Wellbeing incorporates body, mind and soul. Wellbeing is a more stable state of being well. I guess you could say that it is a sense of satisfaction and it is a state of being balanced.
Sometimes when you are discussing the definition of a word it helps to look at what it is not.
It is not:
- Feeling unbalanced
Well-being is more than just happiness. As well as feeling satisfied and happy, well-being means developing as a person, being fulfilled, and making a contribution to the community (Keyes).
In philosophy the term ‘well-being’ (and ‘welfare’) is used to refer to how well a person’s life goes for the person who lives it.
Wellbeing is not just the absence of disease or illness. It is a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. In short, wellbeing could be described as how you feel about yourself and your life (Reference).
How do we achieve a state of wellbeing.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with family and friends.
- Make regular time available for social contact.
- Try to find work that you find enjoyable and rewarding, rather than just working for the best pay.
- Eat wholesome, nutritious foods.
- Do regular physical activity.
- Become involved in activities that interest you.
- Join local organisations or clubs that appeal to you.
- Set yourself achievable goals and work towards them.
- Try to be optimistic and enjoy each day.
- Develop relationship with a life coach like a naturopath who can help you to build a balanced lifestyle .
When you look at the two lists of what is ‘not wellbeing’ and what helps ‘achieve wellbeing’ you begin to see where balance comes in. Each person has a set of resources. Each time an individual meets a challenge, the see saw of challenges and resources comes into a state of imbalance, as the individual is forced to adapt his or her resources to meet this particular challenge.
In essence, stable wellbeing is when individuals have the right or adequate psychological, social and physical resources they need to meet a particular psychological, social and/or physical challenge. When individuals have more challenges than resources, the see-saw dips, along with their wellbeing, and vice-versa (Reference).
Every aspect of your life influences your state of wellbeing. It is a well documented fact that community and relationships have a huge bearing on a persons wellbeing. Both loneliness and social networks have been linked with mood and wellbeing. We are social beings and there is now clear evidence for the health- promoting effects of social relationships (Reference).
Primarily a state of wellbeing is achieved when we are living a balanced life. When our resources mentally, physically and financially meet our challenges.
Tips for living a well balanced life:
- Take care of and nurture yourself. You cannot accomplish anything if you’re unhealthy. …
- Know what your priorities are. Balance does not entail cramming in every activity possible. …
- Create an efficient mindset. …
- Expect the unexpected. …
- Maintain a positive mental attitude.
- Don’t do life alone
Where to get help
- Your doctor
- Your naturopath
- Family and friends
- Lifeline Tel. 13 11 14
- Kids Help Line Tel. 1800 551 800
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