Wellbeing

What exactly IS Wellbeing? How does it feel? The NHS 5 steps to mental Wellbeing

1. Connect with people - creates good relationships
2. Be physically active setting simple goals and achieving them; increasing self-esteem
3. Learn new skills building a sense of self-worth and meeting new people
4. Giving to others and showing kindness towards people as well as your family creates a sense or reward and self-worth promoting feelings of happiness
5. Pay attention to the present moment = mindfulness. Your thoughts, feelings and the world around you. Savouring the moment

The wonderful newsletter UPLIFT tells us that  - Wellbeing is something that is hard to define and yet we all have an understanding of what it is. It derives from how you feel about yourself and your life, whether things are going well, and how you cope with stress. Wellbeing changes over time and is influenced by every aspect of our lives, from close friendships to feeling that you belong and a sense of purpose

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Helping you look at ways to bring these simple ways to Wellbeing into your life

From www.mind.org.uk
1. Connect with people - creates
good relationships 

Phone someone instead of sending an email or text
Speak to someone new
Ask someone how their weekend was - and really listen to their answer
Give a colleague a lift to work or share your journey with them

2. Be physically active setting simple goals and achieving them; increasing self-esteem

A walk with a friend means you're connecting and active at the same time
Walk upstairs rather than taking the lift
Get off the bus a stop or two before your stop
Have a kick about in the park
Walk to someones desk instead of sending an email
Yoga stretches are great too
Spending time in nature is really important too and there is alot of research which shows the benefits

3. Learn new skills building a sense of self-worth and meeting new people

Setting goals is strongly associated with higher levels of Wellbeing 
Read a book or the news
Find out something about a colleague
Sign up for a class
Join a book club
Try Sudoku or a crossword
Research something you have wondered about

4. Giving to others and showing kindness towards people creates a sense or reward and self-worth promoting feelings of happiness

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy
Research shows that committing an act of kindness once a week over a period of 6 weeks is associated with increased Wellbeing
It's important that we are kind to ourselves as well.

5. Pay attention to the present moment = mindfulness. Your thoughts, feelings and the world around you. Savouring the moment

Heightened awareness also enhances your self understanding which helps you to make more positive choices based on your own values and motivations Take some time to enjoy the moment and notice the environment  AND NATURE around you.

Your Physical Wellbeing
As well as feeling mentally well it's important that we care for our body too.
It's important that we keep active and USE our body and at the same time CARE for our body
Exercise classes 
Yoga classes
Self Massage and Massage treatments soothe and relax the body

See the Comfortable Body page    

   

Factors which influence any pain which you are feeling

If you are experiencing pain it is useful to remember that pain is controlled by not only our nerves but also by how we are feeling about ourselves and the people around us, Any anxiety, relationship problems, fear, chronic illness or even panic attacks may increase our level of pain. Tension is stored in the body and this increases toxins within your body which means there is a viscious cycle which affects our immune system as well. Pain killers do help however they are simply masking the pain and it is far better to relieve the actual muscles and soft tissue where the pain is stored.  

All neurons transmitting pain eventually synapse in the thalamus of the brain. From here some run to the sensory cortex where pain perception is controlled. Each individual has a different response to pain.

Research reveals there are four areas of mental training that can significantly improve your wellbeing: Resilience, outlook, awareness, and generosity. “Each of these four is rooted in neural circuits, and each of these neural circuits exhibits plasticity,” explains Neuroscientist Richard J Davidson. “So we know that if we exercise these circuits, they will strengthen.” This is shown in studies into Neuroplasticity

     

Our endorphins are hormones which alter the transmission of pain and inhibit prostaglandin synthesis during the inflammatory response. When you rub or shake your hand after you bang your finger, you stimulate nerves which close the pain gate and reduces the perception of pain.

To summarise
We experience a feeling of Wellbeing when all of the amazing systems in our body are working well together and as a team - seeking to keep us healthy and well;

Nerves and brain
Hormones
Immune system
Digestive system
Autonomic nervous system (you will have heard it called the sympathetic nervous system)

The way our body carries out it's work is unique according to our DNA and we will respond to life and it's challenges in our own way. Our systems are guided via our hypothalamus in the brain and we have our own strengths and weaknesses. We have to make the best of our strengths and support our weaknesses.

We experience a feeling of WELLBEING when we are able to respond to challenges quickly and efficiently because our systems are running at an optimum level for us as the unique individual we are. 

   

 

 

Over 30 years as a Wellbeing therapist and Coach I have helped people feel well and helped them to address and cope with their pain.

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