When you think of wellbeing you think about your health. This may be green smoothies, quinoa, yoga, kale, Pete Evans and all sorts of other things that the media has hyped on about. There’s a huge amount of chatter around the latest food and exercise trends and it can be exhausting to keep up. So what does this buzzword ‘wellbeing’ actually mean and how can you achieve it? Let’s break it down.
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is often defined as feeling good and functioning well. Contrary to popular belief, wellbeing goes beyond ‘happiness’. Happiness can come and go in a moment, whereas wellbeing is a more stable state of being satisfied and content.
How do I achieve wellbeing?
You don’t have to put 30 obscure fruits into a blender to achieve wellbeing. Wellbeing is about becoming more engaged with your everyday life. Try the following:
- Connect – connect with the people around you
- Be active – physical activity is good for the body and mind
- Take notice – become aware of the world around you
- Keep learning – learn new skills and set yourself challenges
- Give – be a good citizen and help others
What are the benefits of wellbeing?
There are many benefits of wellbeing. Improving your wellbeing not only leads to the prevention of disease, but can lead to:
- Better physical health
- Healthier lifestyles
- Improved recovery from illness
- Fewer limitations in daily living
- Higher educational attainment
- Greater productivity, employment and earnings
- Better relationships with adults and children
- More social cohesion and engagement
- Improved quality of life
Things to remember…
In time of stress, remember that you are not alone. Life’s big decisions can often affect our wellbeing. For example, moving interstate or choosing to study. But remember, there is always someone there to support you. Every aspect of your life influences your state of wellbeing. Some people believe that wealth is a fast track to happiness. Yet, it is the quality of our personal relationships, not the size of our bank balances, which have the greatest effect on our state of wellbeing.
About the Author: Nicole Schaerer
Nicole Schaerer is Ivy College’s vibrant Content Marketing Executive. A young gun with a curious mind, she has over 4 years’ experience in Marketing. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Diploma of Marketing, she is always looking to learn something new. Nicole has a passion for writing and producing great content while also obsessing over TV shows, celebrities and really cute photos of puppies on Instagram.