The word wellbeing is so much more frequently heard these days in all sorts of situations. Advertisers promote the advancement of wellbeing by the use of their products, organisations are scrambling to be seen to promote the wellbeing of their employees, schools teach wellbeing as something to be nurtured, too. What does wellbeing actually mean?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines wellbeing as “the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.” True wellbeing is achieved in a state of being comfortable AND healthy AND happy, too. All three elements are so deeply enmeshed that we cannot achieve true wellbeing without all three elements being present and balanced.
The concept of wellbeing can be applied to any part of our lifestyle that may have the ability to improve its quality. It can therefore be adopted by any organisation with a priority, focus or agenda to promote. Various corporations and charities promote wellbeing as it relates to mental health, physical health, nutrition, happiness, sleep patterns, nutrition and so on. In reality, the concept of wellbeing is entirely subjective; it is completely unique to each of us as individuals. Each of us will need to tweak a different element of our lifestyle to achieve the desired improvement in our levels of comfort, health and happiness and increase the feel good factor in our lives. It is likely that each of us will be prepared to commit to a different degree of or timescale for change to increase that sense of wellness. Wellbeing is really an holistic, bespoke concept. It is important to achieve wellness in mind, body and spirit and finding balance between those elements is essential to being able to maintain it. Each person and indeed any organisation or corporation will require very specific focus and support to do so.