Wellbeing can be described as a sense of how a person’s life is going in all spheres. Be it physical, social or spiritually. It is how we respond to different situations and trying bring out positive outcomes from the same.
Because of this dynamic nature, high levels of well-being mean that we are more able to respond to difficult circumstances, to innovate and constructively engage with other people and the world around us. As well as representing a highly effective way of bringing about good outcomes in many different areas our lives, there is also a strong case for regarding well-being as an ultimate goal of human endeavor
The science of ‘subjective well-being’ suggests that as well as experiencing good feelings, people need:
A sense of individual vitality
To undertake activities which are meaningful, engaging, and which make them feel competent and autonomous
A stock of inner resources to help them cope when things go wrong and be resilient to changes beyond their immediate control.
It is also crucial that people feel a sense of relatedness to other people, so that in addition to the personal, internally focused elements, people’s social experiences – the degree to which they have supportive relationships and a sense of connection with others – form a vital aspect of well-being.
Today more than ever before there are high disease, heart condition and obesity rates all over the world. All these are due to being out of shape and overweight. Health professionals attribute all these problems to a deficit in wellbeing and fitness.
While concentrating on exercise and diet can help people suffering from these diseases, you shouldn’t wait until you develop an illness to begin a health and fitness routine. Recent studies have identified as many as 75% of adults as overweight or obese. Only about 26% of American adults participate in vigorous physical and/or leisure activities three or more times a week.
As introduced at the beginning of this section of our website, there are seven key components associated with the physical and mental aspects of health, fitness and mental well-being. Each contributes to overall health and fitness in its own way. To achieve total physical health and fitness, you must be aware of and work at achieving each of the seven key components. The seven key physical components to overall good health, fitness and mental well-being are:
- Cardiovascular/Aerobic Conditioning
- Strength Training and Muscular Development
- Stretching – Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons
- Core Stability
- Nutrition and Supplementation
- Mental Rest and Relaxation
There are simple steps for one to follow so as to enjoy good well-being. You can give, connect with people and even learn from others so as to improve on yourself.
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.
- Talk to someone instead of sending an email
- Speak to someone new
- Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
- Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
- Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.