What is Wellbeing?

by Lisa Hunt-Wotton

You may have noticed that the tag line at Croydon Herbal Health is:

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 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
  • Unwell
  • Stressed
  • Frustrated
  • Unhealthy
  • Unfulfilled
  • Unsatisfied

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 system 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.

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In essence, stable wellbeing is when individuals have the 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).

There are things that you can do to help and there are people who can help you.  Monica is one of those people.  Her entire mission statement is to care about peoples wellbeing.  She can help you get your diet and health into a positive state.

If you feel like you need some encouragement, along with the suggestions listed above, maybe you could make an appointment to chat with Monica.  She is a brilliant coach and mentor in wellbeing.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Your naturopath
  • Family and friends
  • Counsellor
  • Lifeline Tel. 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line Tel. 1800 551 800

 

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