There are always a lot of buzzwords going around, and one that you might have heard recently is well-being. You might associate the term with physical health, but well-being isn’t just the prevention of illness and disease, it’s a complex combination of an individual’s mental, emotional, physical, and social health factors. The concept of well-being is strongly linked to a person’s ongoing happiness and the satisfaction they find in their day-to-day existence. So, well-being is a kind of blanket term for the various factors that contribute to how you feel about yourself and your life.
People are becoming more aware of concepts like wellbeing these days, and are realizing that they have such a profound effect on us. Some enlightened businesses are even implementing employee wellbeing platforms that help their employees stay hale and hearty at work, which promotes a happy, motivated workforce, and a positive work environment that is beneficial to everybody.
Your state of well-being is an important component of your life. Recent research indicates that a great many factors have an influence on, and contribute to a person’s well-being:
- Eating a nutritional diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Having enough money
- Getting enough sleep
- Enjoying a positive and intimate relationship with a partner
- Maintaining a network of close friends
- Holding spiritual or religious beliefs
- Having an enjoyable and fulfilling career
- Enjoying hobbies and leisure pursuits
- Living in a free country with a fair and democratic government
- Having healthy self-esteem and self-confidence
- Having a sense of belonging
- Maintaining an optimistic outlook
- Having realistic and attainable goals
- Having a sense of purpose and meaning in one’s life
- Having the ability to change and adapt
Like everything in our lives, all of the factors that influence well-being are connected and interrelated. For example, your job and career provide more than just money, they also give you a sense of purpose, and goals to achieve, create friendships, and can foster a sense of belonging to something bigger than one’s self. If a person is lacking in some of these areas, there are others that can make up for it. For example, if one has moved to a new area and hasn’t built any friendships there yet, being in a happy marriage or relationship can compensate, and your partner’s companionship can stave off any sense of loneliness one might otherwise feel in that situation. Another example is if one is going through some kind of trauma in their life, such as an illness, an injury, or a period of anxiety and depression, their spiritual beliefs, and/or a religious organization they belong to can provide them with comfort, fellowship, and guidance.
Achieving well-being isn’t always easy, but it’s well worth putting your effort into it. Wellbeing is now considered to be so important, that Australia’s health ministry offers up advice on the subject. We hope the information in this article helps you achieve your sense of well-being. Enjoy life!