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The benefits of wellbeing are clearly documented: Here’s how you can improve your level of wellbeing.
If you’re feeling like you’re not operating at your optimum and that some things could do with improving, read on… Here are some things to consider to improve your level of wellbeing.
The true meaning of ‘wellbeing’ will be different for everyone but in essence for most, it relates to feeling content, comfortable and living a healthy and happy life. You can still focus on goals you’re your future desires but mostly, you’d be happy to sit in this state for the rest of your life.
If you’re not entirely feeling this way, try doing a health check on these areas to see how you can improve your wellbeing.
Although addressing some of these ingredients to wellbeing may be more difficult than others, or may take more time, there are things you can implement immediately.
- Ensure your intimate relationships are of quality and adding value to your life. Otherwise, they will be a drain on your wellbeing levels.
- A network of close friends enhances social connection. Work towards maintaining healthy, positive relationships.
- Strive to maintain a rewarding and satisfying career. Change your career, workplace or mindset if this area is not really nourishing.
- Focus on finances – the more content your financial situation, the less stress you are likely to have.
- We’ve known for decades that regular exercise is essential for health and vitality, as is a nutritional diet. Write a plan to integrate these into your daily schedule.
- You won’t be able to maintain a healthy level of wellbeing without sufficient and quality sleep. Make time to wind down before rather than later, and get to sleep earlier.
- Spiritual or religious beliefs – believe in something bigger than yourself.
- Put fun hobbies or leisure pursuits into your weekly schedule. You know what they say about all work and no play…
- Achieve a healthy level of self-esteem and an optimistic outlook. If you’re having trouble in this area, see a counsellor to help you a) work through any underlying issues and b) to implement some strategies for change.
- Have realistic and achievable goals. Your motivation will quickly dwindle if you’re not getting wins from time to time.
- Develop a sense of purpose and meaning. Human beings need to feel like they are making a difference and working towards something worthwhile.
- Try to maintain a sense of belonging. Disconnectedness contributes to depression.
- Understand that change is inevitable and be able to adapt when necessary. Rigidity is the enemy of wellbeing.