What does wellbeing mean to you?
For most, wellbeing translates into the state of feeling prosperous, positive and happy, both at work and in life. A high-level wellbeing can include having good physical and mental health, high job satisfaction or having a strong sense of purpose in life (more).
There are a range of factors that can create road blocks on your path to flourishing and improving your quality of life. Financial stress, family problems, high work load or lack of support from your manager for instance, can all contribute to poor wellbeing.
However, wellbeing is a construct. By steering your focus and efforts towards constructing your wellbeing, you can effectively find a healthy balance in life.
Research shows that there are 5 things you can do in your daily life to successfully build your wellbeing:
- Connect – Connecting with others around you and forming strong relationships can boost your mood and mental health. Make an effort to reach out to friends, family and colleagues.
- Be Active – Moving your body, like going for a walk or playing sports, leads to an improvement in both physical and mental wellbeing.
- Keep Learning – Seeking opportunities and experiencing new things positively stimulates the brain. Take on new responsibilities at work for instance.
- Give – Carrying out acts of kindness can make you feel happier and satisfied in life. Donate some of your time to help and thank others.
- Take Notice – The key to wellbeing is to be present. Don’t dwell on the past or focus too much on the future… just live in the moment!
Managers can also support workers’ wellbeing through introducing these 5 action points to the workplace. It can help employees build resilience and in turn, create a more productive & inclusive work environment. It can also assist workplaces in meeting their health and safety obligations to manage health and wellbeing risks.
To find out more about the 5 ways to well being and how they can be constructively incorporated in the workplace to improve overall wellbeing, click here.