#DailyWritingChallenge Day 25: Wellbeing

noun: wellbeing. the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

Well-being, wellbeing, or wellness is the condition of an individual or group. A high level of well-being means that in some sense the individual’s or group’s condition is positive. 

Being forced to stop, pause, reflect is highlighting that a lot of our well-intended well-being initiatives are about well-doing and not well-being.

We have all seen the 5 ways to well-being, based on scientific evidence from the Government funded New Economics Foundation with the 5 simple action to improve well-being in every day life.

Connecting:

I am speaking to friends and family more regularly than ever before. I have reconnected with friends who live that bit further away or overseas. I have met some lovely new people through my giving.

Am I over-connecting? Do I have zoom-fatigue?

Giving:

I am gifting my mornings to help connect and grow a community of writers. I am giving my evenings to support a number of women through my facilitation of peer circles. I am off to hospital tomorrow to give as a volunteer in the vaccine trials.

Am I giving too much? I am depleting my energy reserves?

Learning:

I am learning lots about myself, about others and about content I will be delivering. I have completed several online courses for work that I will be doing in the summer term – the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms, NPQ online facilitation and Resilient Leadership.

Am I allowing my brain to have a break? What will the impact of this learning be?

Noticing:

I am noticing the birds in the mornings, the spring flowers on my walks and my garden coming into blossom. My senses seem to be heightened and I am even more sound and smell sensitive than before. I am enjoying my daily ritual of writing each morning. I am also noticing my feelings, the fatigue and the body aches.

Will I continue my daily rituals? Will I listen to my body as well as my mind?

Being Active:

I am walking regularly, exploring the local area. I am a high energy person but I do not really enjoy solo exercise, I am a team sport kind of person. A mobile mechanic has come and fixed my bike…. I really should start that online yoga class…

Will I finally join a sports team? Or return to weekly dance lessons?

I don’t want for anything, I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, a garden to escape to, loved ones checking in on me. I am eating well, I am sleeping well – I am physically, mentally and emotionally well. But I am craving real time human connecting and physical touch.

I am wondering if there is an action missing now we are experiencing physical distancing? In theory you could do all 5 ways to well-being in social isolation, but that omits the human need for social relationships.

For me it is the social capital, the human connectivity, which makes me feel well – I prefer doing all 5 ways to well-being with others, not by myself. So I would encourage you to be mindful as you build lots of well-doing into your new routines and reflect on what it truly means to be well.

Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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