What do we mean by wellbeing?
The term 'wellbeing' refers to the subjective state of feeling in good mental and physical health. People who feel happy, content, and satisfied with life usually describe themselves are having good wellbeing. There are a number of factors that can influence our wellbeing, both external and internal.
There are also a number of steps people can take towards looking after their wellbeing, as well as boosting their resilience to the hectic, busy and sometimes stressful challenges life can present. Mindfulness is one such step.
The NHS points to five steps that we can all take to improve our mental health and wellbeing:
- connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
- be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
- keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
- give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
- be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you.