“The state of being comfortable, healthy or happy”
– Oxford Dictionary.
Factors that influence their well-being.
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." – World Health Organisation (WHO)
Social – “Conditions in which people are born, live, grow, work, age” – WHO
e.g. Enjoyable and fulfilling career, economical and financial status; Living in a fair, democratic society.
Physical – State of being physically fit and absence of disease and sickness.
e.g. Regular exercise; sick; insufficient sleep; injured.
Mental – State of well-being in which an individual can cope with the normal stresses of life and the ability to adapt to change.
e.g. Optimistic outlook on life; resiliency; healthy self-esteem.
Emotional – Ability to understand your value of emotions and use it to move into positive directions.
e.g. Sense of belonging; purpose and meaning.
The interrelationships of social, physical, emotional and mental factors determine an individual’s well-being.
How to achieve good well-being.
Maintain a healthy diet and regular exercising plan – Write up a weekly eating and exercising table with information on the food you will be eating and how many days you will exercise for in that week, including how long you will exercise for.
Engage into activities you enjoy (e.g. gardening, yoga ) –
try to find self-soothing activities that will help you relax and keep calm.
- Set realistic short and long term goals – these goals are to help you stay motivated and once you’ve completed a goal, you will feel self- satisfaction.
- Develop strong relationships with family and friends – Maintain personal relationships in order to have a strong support network, in which you can rely on when needed; feeling like you have support is beneficial to a good well- being.
- Focus on a successful career path – think about the career you are in now, if you are unhappy consider a change; this is important to ensure you are happy in your working years.
- Regularly check your physical health at the doctors – Take advantage of your local doctor to regularly check on your mental and physical health to ensure you are living without disease or catching it in the early stages.
- Carry out each day with an optimistic outlook – keeping happy and finding the positive in a bad situation each day will lift your mood and well-being.
- Stay organised – maintaining good organisation skills by building a study/working plan for the week will relieve a lot of stress as you will constantly know what you’re doing and avoid wasting time.
- Accept your emotions – By accepting your emotions and talking about them to your support network, it will benefit you by relieving stress. You are allowed to feel your own feelings and it is acceptable to feel the way you are feeling; as long as you are not dwelling on it for too long.