The Wheel of Well-Being

Well-being means how we are doing as individuals, communities and as a nation. Improving well-being is a key component of success, something for us all to aim towards, now and for the future.

Well-being is the quality of life and prosperity, working towards positive, physical and mental health, and sustainable thriving communities.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has defined wellbeing as having 10 broad dimensions which have been shown to matter most to people in the UK, as identified through a national debate. The dimensions are: the natural environment, personal well-being, our relationships, health, what we do, where we live, personal finances, the economy, education and skills and governance. Personal wellbeing is also a particularly important dimension which the What Works Centre for Wellbeing has defined as how satisfied we are with our lives, our sense that what we do in life is worthwhile, our day to day emotional experiences (happiness and anxiety) and our wider mental wellbeing.

A few ways that may help improve your well-being, include:

  1. Connect more with people around you, this may be family, friends or colleagues. Try and make time, and organise plans regularly. This may be a coffee with a friend after work, lunch with a colleague, organising a night out or meeting a family member you haven’t seen in a while. Make time developing positive relationships with people around you. If you have moved to a new city, you may be looking to meet some new friends, or expand your friend group. There are some great apps, to help make new friendships in your area. Some of these include: Bumble BBF, Friender or Peanut (used to meet new mum’s in your area).
  2. Try and be more active in your everyday life. This can be something that suits you, such as a walk in the park, hiking or a game of football. Have a look at local fitness classes in your area. Some of these might include: Zumba, yoga, marital arts or body balance. It might take a while to find something you enjoy, but keep trying new things. Whenever I am feeling demotivated to exercise, I like to update my playlist with some new music or podcasts and treat myself to some sportswear.
  3. Never stop learning, learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Local colleges offer leisure courses, some of these include: jewellery making, photography or printmaking. This is also a great way to make friends with people who have shared interests. You may also be interested in learning a new activity, for example rock climbing at The Climbing Academy. Also Eventbrite regularly promote classes in your area, click here to find out classes happening in Glasgow.
  4. Give to others, even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way. One of my favourite quotes on kindness is by Scott Adams: “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Some ideas I like to use, include: buying a friend a coffee, giving someone a small present out the blue (this could be a face mask or candle), buying a homeless person lunch, being a good listener for a friend or simply asking someone how there day is going. Remember it is free to be kind.

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.” – Rainbow Rowell