“Wellbeing creation” not “wealth creation”
How can we actually achieve better wellbeing? Today a report was published following research on the ‘key to happiness’. The research, conducted by London School of Economics, identified mental health and relationships as the main drivers of happiness. The report identified that the government needs to play a part in young people’s wellbeing; highlighting the need for the state to champion “wellbeing creation” rather than “wealth creation”.
If we strip back money and commoditisation we can see the real wealths of life; our wealth of relationships, and our health.
The link between mental and physical wellbeing
The article touches on this, but I think it’s a key element to wellbeing; physical and mental health are closely related. Exercising and setting yourself targets (however small they may be at first) and then going on to achieve them provides an incredible boost to self confidence and self worth. This, in turn, improves your wellbeing.
Find strength in exercise, as Eleanor Morgan did in her latest book ‘Anxiety For Beginners, A personal investigation’. In the book, Morgan highlights that exercise helped her improve her anxiety, here she describes how cycling empowered her:
The more I cycled, the more I realised that I was breaking free of the despair I’d been feeling, and the more I pedalled, the more I felt like my body was cheering on my mind.
Read more in an extract from the book in Womens Health Magazine.
Exercise for wellbeing
So, how can we achieve better wellbeing? Through exercise! Find a run club to try running with others, or seek out a yoga studio near you. Give a new form of exercise a go with taster sessions or immersive courses. Start cross pollination… if you’re a runner, try a yoga class, you will reap the rewards of stretching and conditioning, or if you’re a devout yogi, try tri club. The multi discipline exercise does powerful things to your body and mind.
Don’t stop over the festive season. This is a great time to show yourself you have the self discipline to continue despite distractions. Escape family politics with a run in a green space near you, or find a family member who shares your interest in yoga and share a gentle practice together.
Witness your improvements
With frequent and sustained exercise, your mental health will improve.
Writing a diary is a great way to monitor this progress and achievement. It doesn’t need to be an essay, just simply, ‘3 miles, 38 mins, hard!’ You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
In addition to this, look at the elements of your life that are good. Think about what you are grateful for, and cherish and nurture these. Find positivity in your life, and let it shine through the rest of your life.
Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling 5 balls. The balls are called family, work, health, friends and integrity and you are keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will always bounce back. The other 4 balls; family, health, friends and integrity are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked or perhaps even shattered. Once you truly understand the lesson of the “5 balls” you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.