Well-being is not just the absence of disease or illness; rather, it involves how you feel about yourself and your life. Well-being is the state of being happy, healthy and successful. It enables people to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life!
To achieve a thriving state of well-being, we need to balance the five different dimensions of our lives: physical, emotional, mental, social, and cultural. We call these our WellBeing Capital® — think of these as independent bank accounts, each needing capital to function.
- Physical WellBeing
This is the most fundamental dimension of well-being; it is ensuring that you have a safe place to live, enough to eat, adequate clothes and access to transportation. Other aspects of the physical capital includes having good physical health, insurance, money, and other financial assets that make you feel secure.
You can check on the status of your physical well-being by asking yourself:
- Are you constantly moving?
- Are you eating mindfully and is it what your body needs?
- Do you get enough sleep?
- Do you spend time with nature?
- Do you have hobbies and dedicate time for them?
- Do you feel physically secure – at home and at work?
- Are you hydrated?
- Do you have enough savings especially for a rainy day?
- Emotional WellBeing
This is more or less who YOU are and what you feel. It includes your values, skills, knowledge, experience, education, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving abilities. It also includes certain personality traits, such as conscientiousness, optimism, perseverance, self-awareness, and confidence.
Check-in on your emotional well-being:
- Are you setting healthy boundaries for yourselves, between the people you love, and at work?
- Do you talk to yourself? Do you introspect and motivate yourself enough?
- Is it easy for you to connect with others, with yourself, with your emotions?
Do you take adequate time to get off social media?
- Mental WellBeing
Mental well-being is about creating authentic happiness in our lives and tuning into our feelings. Even though it is important to honor and be present with all of our feelings as they arise — even the difficult ones — it can be helpful to remember that we always have a choice about where we put the focus of our attention.
To check on your mental well-being, ask yourself:
- Do you meditate? Do you take a few minutes of your day for calmness and to be completely in the moment?
- Do you journal? Do you track your thoughts and process your responses well?
- Are you grateful for your blessings and your failures, and things that you are still waiting for?
- Social WellBeing
This refers to the connection and relationship that we have with others. When you feel a sense of belonging, you increase your mental health.
Look around you:
- Do you feel like you belong — at home, at work, with your friends, in your community, in your country?
- Do you have a healthy network for the varied areas and aspects of who you are?
- Are you a trusting and trustworthy person?
It’s hard to think about these questions given the situation we’re in now given that we’re all in a social well-being struggle. As much as I advocate self-reliance and independence, we truly need our people and need to understand how we express our love and trust, and connection with others, and if we’re not doing that well, we will need help.
- Cultural WellBeing
This is the last dimension of well-being and is all about the support you get from your community, your happiness in it, your workplace culture, and your country. Good assets that are part of the Cultural Capital include volunteering work, recycling, or having a sense of meaning in life. It also means that what you are doing at work is aligned to your reason for being. In short, it is asking ourselves ‘How do we make the most out of our lives?’
Other questions to ask yourself:
- What is your purpose in life? Do you spend enough time and resources to build to or find that purpose in life?
- Do you have an IKIGAI, or what the Japanese refer to as their reasons for getting out of bed each morning? It’s usually an alignment of what the world needs, what you need, and your purpose.
- Do you have a personal mission/vision in life? Do you know where you are going and how your work supports where you want to be?
- Do you take enough time to explore — not only physically through travel, but also through new experiences like food, music, art?
Self-care to boost your WellBeing Capital®
To build your overall well-being, you have to make sure all of the above dimensions are functioning to an extent. This is where self-care comes into play. We must make self-care a habit so that the next time we’re faced with stress in any aspect of our WellBeing, we have enough self-regard to step back and work on what’s missing.
I used to think of self care as something that I had to deserve. That I can only allow myself to rest and recuperate when I’m tired or burnt out. But when you’re already burnt out, a weekend or a day off isn’t going to cut it anymore.
Instead, make self-care a daily habits through the following ways:
- Keep your mind and body in check. Listen to what your body needs; if that’s extra time to breathe or a little stretch in the morning, do it. But don’t overdo it.
- Limit your news intake. We don’t need that much information, all we need is to be informed well enough for our peace of mind, and then we cut off and go about our day.
- Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Please do keep connected, and as much as possible CALL. Hearing someone else’s voice, especially someone we love, can give us instant calm and we need.
- Get some sun. Only if you can and only if it’s safe, open the window and bring in that vitamin D. Feeling locked up isn’t the best thing for our sanity.
- Meditate. Simple acts of breathing, grounding, and being aware of our surroundings can make us less anxious and bring us back to what we need to address. Prayer is one very practical way we can apply mindfulness to daily life.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for anything and everything good. Thank you for another waking day, for internet access, for your job, for the food that you eat. Starting or ending your day with a grateful mindset will only set you up to see things in a better light.
Taking good care of all aspects of your life is paramount to achieving improved well-being. If your physical, emotional, mental, social, and cultural dimensions support one another, it will increase the likelihood that you develop resilience and stay healthy. The key here is to always have that unconditional self-regard: understand that there should be no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ in taking care of ourselves. Now more than ever, we have to put utmost value on our wellbeing.
How’s your well-being today? Take our FREE WellBeing Quiz! It’s a simple True or False test that can be completed in just 2 minutes. Visit www.themindnation.com to get started.