Health Matters,  Self-Care

Personal wellbeing

There are many elements to our personal wellbeing. Yet our wellbeing is more than elements around how we live our life. Our wellbeing is dependent on many factors, including how we respond to life changes and challenges.

What do we need for the journey?

For our wellbeing journey we need resilience. Our wellbeing thermometer is at the right level if we have the ability to bounce back when life deals us curve balls. That is, something unexpected or disruptive happens in our lives. However, when trauma or tragedy occurs, it can be difficult to bounce back, to keep positive.

Our wellbeing, our mental health, can come under attack. At times like this we cannot and should not face what is ahead of us alone. We need the help of others in order to bounce back, to feel better.

Our wellbeing depends on making good decisions.

To feel better about what is either happening to us in life, or around us, our best form of survival is making good decisions. However, if we make a decision that does not have a good outcome it does not mean all is lost. It is then time to make another decision.

Yet, when we are feeling down, decision-making can be exhausting. This is when we might need help, when we need to reach out to others. Not all of us are strong, all the time. Sometimes, when we are ‘in the moment’ we just cannot work out the best direction for our lives. Without the support of others it is hard to gain a sense of wholeness, of feeling okay.

Time to check the wellbeing thermometer.

Checking on our wellbeing is truly relevant right now, as in the middle of managing life, we are managing a pandemic. Our COVID-19 world has bought changes and challenges into our lives that is out of our control. Unfortunately, some people have been taken to the depths of despair.

People around us, even people we know, have lost work, lost their home, lost loved ones, lost the spark from a relationship and it is hard to recover, to bounce back. Therefore, it helps to get out a wellness thermometer and check how we are coping. A wellbeing self-assessment can help in deciding whether to go it alone on your personal wellbeing journey or seek help.

Take the wellbeing self-assessment tool.

If you are a curious person like me and interested in your wellbeing, you might like to take the wellbeing self-assessment tool that I discovered. It only takes a couple of minutes. It is anonymous, there is no cost, and after answering a few questions you will be given your score.

If you would like to take the wellbeing assessment press the continue button under the heading ‘Wellbeing self-assessment.’

Apart from utilising the wellbeing self-assessment tool, there are a number of things we can all do to improve our wellbeing.

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Personal wellbeing is a balancing act of many elements.
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Steps to improve our wellbeing.

  • Physical exercise – start with a walk around your neighbourhood.
  • Maintain a good nutritional diet – no junk food, sugary drinks, or sweets.
  • A sense of belonging – connect with others in your community e.g., join a book or bowls club.
  • Keep balance in your life – work/play/spiritual.
  • Long-life learning – learn something new, such as playing cards, a language, or an instrument.
  • Personal relationships – reflect on your motives when interacting to those around you. Ask yourself why do you do what you do? Gain insight into your behaviour.
  • Keep a positive outlook – if you need help with this, talk to a family member, friend, or counsellor. Alternatively, search the internet for tips on how to stay positive.
  • Reflect on your life purpose – write down your goals for this year and where you see yourself in five years’ time.
  • Manage your money – do not let it manage you. Make a budget. If you do not have the money to buy something, try waiting.
  • Practice kindness.
  • Be thankful.

All of the above are my goals for my wellbeing journey this year. I hope they also work for you.

If you need mental health support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

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