It’s actually hard to define, though we tend to know when we have it and when we don’t.
Wellbeing is a rather individual concept. What leads to me having a sense of wellbeing might not be the same for you or another person.
Essentially, wellbeing is functioning optimally in various domains of our life, such as physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, occupationally, and spiritually. I prefer to keep things pretty simple and break these areas into physical and psychological health. For me, the mind and body are interconnected – if we have a well body, we tend to have a well mind and if we have a well mind we tend to have a well body. For physical health, factors that help us look after our body include nutrition, sleep, physical activity, rest and recovery, and for psychological health, factors that help us function well mentally and socially include thinking flexibly, experiencing positive emotions, being interested and engaged in life, having strong relationships & social connections, feeling a sense of accomplishment and deriving meaning and purpose. Optimal functioning is about improving, growing, and changing to be the best you can be. Not someone else’s version of the best, but your version of the best. How you do that and what you decide to place importance on is really up to you.
The key is making changes and improvements to areas that make you feel good and help you function better. If you would like to improve your wellbeing start by visualizing how you want your life to be and ask yourself why that’s important to you? Ask yourself this question a few times to get to the driving force behind your vision.
Once you have a clear picture of what you want your life to be like and why, you can then start taking steps to create change. Set some goals. Start small and be specific about what you will do. Change is uncomfortable and habits are hard to break! Stay tuned for future blogs about goal setting and other change skills to help you on the path to sustainable behaviour change.