Why is wellbeing important and how can you improve yours?

Over the last few years the term wellbeing has been used more and more frequently. But just what does wellbeing and wellness actually mean? And, more importantly, what can you do to improve your own health and wellbeing? 

The great news is that more people are aware of the importance of wellbeing than ever before, but with this has come a huge surge in wellbeing products and services, each claiming to be the ‘go-to’ remedy to improve your wellness and wellbeing. 

In this article we examine the subject of wellbeing, to understand and explain exactly what it means, as well as offering some useful advice on how to improve your wellbeing. 

Let’s jump straight in. 

What does wellbeing actually mean? 

The first thing to explain is that your wellbeing works like a scale, with a range that is constantly susceptible to change, between a sense of low to high wellbeing.  

Simply put, a high sense of wellbeing is the feeling of being comfortable, healthy, happy and content in your own skin. A sense of low wellbeing can stem from multiple factors, such as unhappiness or physical pain and will usually result in a general dissatisfaction overall. 

Measuring wellbeing is tough. That’s because each individual will have their own value systems that will determine how they are feeling. For some people, finances and job-role play an important role, for others it comes down to the quality of friendships or even the car they drive. These individual values undoubtedly have a huge effect on each individuals sense of wellbeing; however, the biggest and most important factor is your health. 

Even when you are meeting the criteria you set yourself within your own independent value systems, a health issue can throw you off track and negatively effect your sense of wellness. This is vital when understand the true meaning of wellbeing and, although we certainly cannot always control what happens to our health, we can ensure that we do the very best for our bodies to aid the process. 

This leads us on nicely to the next part of our article:  

How to improve your sense of wellbeing 

As we have mentioned, your wellbeing is affected by your individual values which tie in to how you feel overall. Unfortunately, changing your mindset can be a real challenge. However, there certainly are things you can do to change your perspective on things, which in-turn will improve your wellbeing.  

Below, we explore a range of ways you can quickly improve your wellbeing: 

Diet 

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Often overlooked, your diet can play a huge role in your sense of wellbeing.  

A 2017 report written by the Mental Health Foundation states: “Just like the heart, stomach and liver, the brain is an organ that requires different amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water to remain healthy.” 

It may seem obvious, and as a society we have certainly become more aware of the benefits of diet with mental wellbeing, but diet plays a huge role on our wellbeing. 

We have put together a series of dietary toolkits related to diet and hydration, which will help you to understand, in detail, how to improve your diet for the benefit of your wellbeing: 

‘Eating a Rainbow’ – Diet Toolkit

View our Diet Toolkit to learn more about the benefits a health diet can have on your overall wellbeing

‘Hydration’ – Toolkit

View our Hyrdation Toolkit to understand the impact of good hydration can have on your wellbeing

Gratitude

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This one may seem a little more ‘out there’, but reflecting and focusing on the positives in your life can result in a huge improvement for your wellness, even when things aren’t going well and you’re not feeling great. 

Health and wellbeing studies have shown that cultivating gratitude can have a range of positive effects on your health and wellbeing, from being less stressed to increasing energy and even exercising more. 

Why not consider creating a gratitude journal and writing down a few things each day that you have been grateful for? This practice will help you to focus on the positives rather than the negatives and could help you to significantly improve your overall health. 

Exercise

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Exercise is an integral part of wellbeing. Working out, however much, is proven to give huge health benefits, not only physically but mentally also. Exercise helps to give us energy, relieve stress and help to regulate sleep – all key factors that will make a significant difference to your mental and physical wellbeing. 

It’s important to mention that not all people are able to partake in strenuous physical exercise, however even the smallest changes to your lifestyle that result in increased exercise will have positive effects. Why not take a brisk 15 minute walk each morning and think about the things you are grateful for?  

We have put together a series of exercise toolkits which are designed to offer alternative options when it comes to staying fit and healthy. 

‘Starting Moving’ – Exercise Toolkit

View our Starting Moving Toolkit to learn about how keeping active impacts your wellbeing

‘Exercising with Arthritis’ – Versus Arthritis Resource

View more information regarding exercising with Arthritis

‘Exercising with Osteoporosis’ – Royal Osteoporosis Society Resource

View more information regarding exercising with Osteoporosis

Taking Action 

If you are aware of something that is affecting your wellbeing, the best thing you can do is to take action to try and remedy it. 

As osteopaths that specialise in osteopathy for wellbeing we are highly aware of the benefits our patients get from taking action when it comes to their health. When treating patients, we often find that underlying issues related to general wellbeing can be incorporated into our treatment plans that result in an overall improvement in multiple areas of health. 

Your body is a complex and complicated system which is interconnected and reliant on a whole series of parts to function optimally. This can mean that improvement in one area can have huge benefits on others. 

You can find out more about osteopathy and how it is used as a tool to improve wellbeing here. 

Your wellbeing is important it’s time for you. 

The way that you feel, both within yourself mentally and physically is the essence of living. How we perceive ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings are what makes us human. 

It is vital that we treat ourselves with care to enable us to live our lives to the fullest. 

Whatever your definition of wellbeing may be, whichever values you hold closest, listen to your body and remember to act if you are feeling like your wellness is not as good as it should be. 

If you are looking to improve your wellbeing and take action to make positive change, and perhaps haven’t yet considered osteopathy as an option, get in touch with us today.