What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is the experience of good mental, emotional and physical health, by your own measure of 'good'. This does not necessarily mean being in a constant state of pure happiness, but what you yourself experience as comfortable.
According the The Berkeley Well-Being Institute, a high level of personal wellbeing might be defined as how satisfied an individual is feeling about their current situation – including their day-to-day emotional experiences.
Evidence suggests there are steps you can take to improve your wellbeing to make you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. According to the New Economics Foundation Report (2011), there are 5 ways to promote wellbeing and provide new ways of thinking:
- Staying connected – with the people around you (friends, family, colleagues)
- Being active – walking, running, gardening, cooking, cleaning or dancing
- Taking notice – savouring the small moments in life
- Keep on learning – experimenting with something new or revisit an old interest
- Giving back – doing something nice for a friend/stranger, volunteering, joining a community group
Increase Your Wellbeing
According to Dr Rangan Chatterjee (2019) the practice of good wellbeing can be achieved in small chunks throughout the day. This is an easy way to incorporate new habits into your daily routine and 5-minutes is really enough time to make a difference. To make a start, try committing to one well-being activity per day. You could try the following:
- Plan an early night – aim for at least 8-9 hours sleep, set your alarm as a reminder to go to bed
- Give yourself some praise – note out loud or jot down three things you did well for the day
- Take a break dedicated to you – listen to music, enjoy your coffee or your snack
- Connect with one person who you’ve not spoken to in a while – send a friendly text and tell them you’ve been thinking of them
- Plan to eat healthily for 24 hours – cut all sugar and alcohol and see how you feel the next day
- Practice physical movement – walking, marching, skipping or even dancing
- Try meditation – practice being present in daily tasks, be mindful whilst cooking or eating