Covid-19 has shone a light on the importance of wellbeing and there is now a greater understanding of the role of holistic wellbeing. More so now than ever, wellbeing plays a major role in enabling most people to successfully overcome difficulties experienced in the current disrupted environment. For others, their wellbeing is so far down their own agenda that it is difficult for them to recognise the need to take care of themselves.
We must be conscious
The most common obstacles to fulfilling our wellbeing potential are self-knowledge and self-care. In order to be well, we must know what leads us to that state. Having answers to the following 10 questions can improve and progress your wellness agenda by offering direction to those starting out, clarity to those wanting to prioritise their wellbeing and inspiration for those who are well on their way.
- What makes you happy?
- What gives you energy?
- What makes you feel anxious?
- When do you feel most in balance?
- Which areas of your life need managing?
- How meaningful is your work?
- How happy are you with the progress you are making towards wellness?
- How does your behaviour enable you?
- To what extent does your mind-set enable you to move forward?
- To what extent do you have a supportive network?
What might wellbeing look like?
Wellbeing is something we strive towards and is subjective, as it differs for everyone due to internal and external influences. It can be measured in a number of ways, there is no one size fits all approach. There are objective measure scales and self-report measures. Practically, this is what various wellbeing dimensions might look for a particular individual:
Mental and emotional
This person can think clearly, is aware of their own feelings and able to choose how to respond to them. They have personal resources and resilience to effectively respond to varying levels of challenges and know when to ask for help.
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This person has a sense of belonging and feels connected to others. They communicate and contribute to groups they are part of. They act with kindness, compassion, with appreciation and respect for both the differences and similarities between themselves and others.
Also read: Explaining social & cultural wellbeing
This person keeps active, managing their energy by taking care of their nutrition, rest and sleep. They understand the importance of physical wellness on their overall wellbeing and look after their whole body to ensure that long-term health is maintained.
This person feels connected to and believes in a higher purpose which is bigger than themselves. Their values give their lives a sense of purpose and meaning. They regularly experience a sense of inner peace and self-fulfillment through expressions of compassion and service.
Spend some time exploring these questions and concepts to really unpack what it is that maintains or disrupts your feeling of wellness.
Silindokuhle is an Industrial/Organisational Psychologist registered with the HPCSA. She holds a Master’s degree from UKZN and runs an independent practice specialising in psychological assessments, training and wellbeing.