Health and wellbeing can only ever be personally defined. What one person feels is their perfect state of wellbeing can be leaps and bounds from how another person views theirs.
There is our physical health of course, which is much easier to define as healthy or not, and to seek out actions to take to help build good health.
Wellbeing, however, has a huge number of facets that are frequently subjective. We all have our own individual aspirations, goals and set sense of fulfilment so it makes sense that wellbeing is multi-dimensional.
However overall wellness cannot be achieved without having a sense of balance of certain elements and this includes lifestyle choices such as how active we are and what we eat and drink.
How we cope with everyday life through our emotions and feelings plays a key role in positive mental health. Learning and developing ourselves through intellectual growth is indispensable here.
Social and economic factors also play a pivotal role. This is our ability to financially meet basic needs, but to also have a sense of palace in the world through relationships, values and beliefs and interactions.
Our lives are complex places, so having an understanding of some of the factors that influence wellbeing, whether as an individual, organisation or community can only help improve our lifestyles.
The NHS promote a 5-tip plan for improved wellbeing. As we battle through a Covid- 19 world, never more so than now is this vital to take stock of:
Health and wellbeing is important to us at the Foundation, not just for our staff but also for the individuals and communities we work with and in.
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