How's Your Well Being?
12 May 2017
This was the question all staff were asked on the first day back this term at a professional development session. Answers varied for some staff who had come back tired, some fighting the flu, and others recovering from injuries. On the other hand we had big smiles, hugs and excitement. Your wellbeing is made up of many different dimensions - emotional, economical, cultural, physical, social and spiritual. It’s vital to understand that wellbeing is separate from happiness, which can come and go. Wellbeing is a consistent state of wellness, satisfaction and contentment. Many of us work and strive to improve our wellbeing and quality of life, and that of our families. We learnt that our wellbeing is dynamic, ever changing, going up and down a continuum. If any one of the dimensions is negatively affected, our wellbeing declines. A positive experience will then move us back up to neutral or into the positive side of the scale. It can sometimes be a difficult thing to try and move back up the scale. We were provided with a number of tools on the day to help us be aware of our wellbeing and how we can have a conscious impact on it. A few of them are outlined below.
Be aware of your emotions. Name the feelings you have and maybe then you are able to better understand why it may hurt and what you want to do about the situation.
Live in the present (mindfulness). Don’t get caught up in thinking too much about the past or what could go wrong in the future.
Be reflective. Step back and consider where your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are coming from. Are they positive and helpful? Is there another option?
Laugh, enjoy yourself and make others happy. Kids laugh over 200 times a day, whereas some adults are lucky to laugh 20 times a day. Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” (The Message Bible)
Discover and live your personalvalues. This will give you purpose and goals to strive for. Knowing and living your values can lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfilment.
Identify and use your individual strengths, doing what you do best to give yourself a sense of empowerment.
Keep tabs on your thoughts. Don’t get caught in a whirlpool of negative thoughts. Make a choice to step away and be positive.
Practise gratitude. This can really change your perspective. Write a list of things you are thankful for.
Discover or rediscover a passion. We get so caught up in being busy we sometime lose the passions we once had.
Work/life balance. A good work/life balance means you have harmony between all the different aspects of your life, where benefits gained from different areas can help and strengthen others.
All good advice, but it needs to be implemented in our lives to be useful. So the question to you is, how is your wellbeing? It’s important! To everyone you come in contact with - classmates, work colleagues, your children, your partner, your parents, your teachers, and yourself. Ask yourself this question - are you a well being?
Secondary PDHPE Coordinator