The word wellbeing is one you may have become more conscious of recently, with interest around the topic growing every day.
Although you might associate wellbeing with detox cleanses and green smoothies, the word takes on a much broader meaning, or even a spiritual meaning for some.
At Spirit & Destiny, we’re here to give you some insight into what wellbeing is and why it’s so important, so that you can live a life true to your most authentic self.
What is wellbeing?
It’s defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy, with emphasis on the mind, body and spirit.
Wellbeing encompasses every aspect of our lives. From our careers to our finances, our relationships with others to the relationship we have with ourselves.
'Wellbeing' as a concept is subjective, but it usually comes down to feeling good about ourselves, functioning well and being satisfied in life.
It's normal for life to have its ups and downs. Despite this, a healthy wellbeing means you're able to cope with all of the challenges life has to offer.
Why is wellbeing important?
Looking after our wellbeing means we’re able to have healthy interactions with the world around us. It means we're able to hold space for things that are truly important to us. It’s living as our best selves or most authentic selves.
Having a better quality of life means we’re able to invest our energy into what we value. Building positive relationships, advancing in our careers, or investing in our interests are examples.
Often, we find ourselves living our lives geared toward a fast-paced society. However, this can mean neglecting certain areas of our lives, or not giving ourselves enough time to rest. We're taught that productivity is the key to success, but learning to recharge is the most productive skill to learn.
10 ways to promote healthy wellbeing:
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?
This Sunday Times Bestseller has been written by clinical psychologist Dr Julie Smith and gives insight into a healthy state of mind. It’s a key read that explores techniques commonly used in therapy sessions, encouraging personal growth and development.
Letterbox Tea Gift
There's nothing better than a cup of tea. Start the day right by indulging in a cup of tea, or even trying a new flavour you've never tried before. A hot drink is so nourishing for the soul. Certain flavours of tea can have calming benefits that will help your mind relax.
Feather & Down Sweet Dream Pillow Spray
Rest and a good night’s sleep is essential when it comes to your wellbeing. We need sleep to function, be aware of our surroundings and be present in the moment. Spray this subtle lavender scent on your pillow to help you drift off to sleep.
Fabric Resistance Bands
Get moving with these resistance bands that can be used for exercises such as squats, bicep curls and tricep presses. Adding a little bit of movement to your day is bound to get your heart pumping and boost those feel-good endorphins.
Magnetic Innovations Magnetic Whiteboard
Try getting organised with a daily planner. Sticking to a routine adds structure to your day, so if you’re struggling with motivation, breaking it down into smaller chunks might be helpful. Just try to take it day by day.
BalanceFrom GoYoga+ Mat
Reconnect with your body and mind through breathwork, movement and grounding techniques. A session of yoga is bound to have you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day.
Spa Gift Box for Her
There’s nothing more healing than warm water washing away the worries of the week. Taking time to nurture yourself in a hot bath complete with bath soak. Unwind, relax and spend some much-needed time with yourself.
Joy Wellness Journal
Start a gratitude journal to appreciate all the things going well in life currently. Acknowledging the challenges you’ve faced for the week and shifting the focus onto what you’re grateful for can help you have a more balanced approach to life. For those of us that find it difficult to see the positives, a gratitude journal can help highlight the good moments that are sometimes overlooked.
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese 36 Watercolour Paints
Get in touch with your creative side by exploring painting. Let go of your inner perfectionist and have some fun. If you’re a beginner, remember this activity isn’t about being good straight away, but about being able to express yourself and enjoy connecting with yourself.
Grounding Gemstone Kit
This set of grounding crystals may come in handy if you’re feeling detached and disconnected. Aiming to restore the natural flow of energy from the base chakra, carry these around or place them on your nightstand to connect and centre.
What does wellbeing look like?
Wellbeing looks different for everyone, as we all have different factors that make us happy on our life path.
For some, it might be engaging in meditation or yoga, while others may be more interested in high-intensity exercise. Some may feel their best connecting with the outdoors, while others prefer to curl up with a good book. It’s all relative to whatever makes us feel most like ourselves.
How do I make a positive impact on my wellbeing?
Ask yourself how you can make changes to your lifestyle to ensure healthy wellbeing.
Most of us are familiar with the idea that a healthy lifestyle consists of regular exercise and balanced meals. However, how can you work towards nurturing your spirit and being kind to your mind, too?
Here are a few activities that can help promote a healthy wellbeing, allowing you to reconnect with yourself and recharge your vital energy.
Mind: Taking regular breaks from your desk, limiting time on our devices, spending time with friends and family, engaging in grounding techniques, mindfulness, yoga and meditation.
Body: Getting regular sleep and exercise, setting a routine, having a balanced diet, drinking lots of water, trying new activities that involve moving and reconnecting with your body, and getting out in the sunlight.
Spirit: Reading personal development books, spending time with people who bring out the best in you, setting boundaries, helping others, giving back to the community, working towards life goals or things that give you purpose.