January can sometimes begin with a general feeling of overindulgence, and a need to “take ourselves in hand” and set the traditional New Year Resolutions. Well let us offer you an alternative – Invest in Yourself and discover the five ways to well-being. Our first newsletter of the New Year shows some examples of these well being strands, so why not have a little read of these and then have a think about what they mean for you as you begin 2013?
CONNECT with others whether it is at home, work, school or within the local community. Taking the time to develop these relationships can enhance everyday life.
BE ACTIVE ‘Healthy body, healthy mind’ finding something suitable for your level of fitness and most importantly, which you enjoy; anything from trampolining in the garden to walking to work.
TAKE NOTICE of the world around you. Noticing the simple things whilst going about your daily routine, such as a change in season or a piece of artwork and savouring the moment will help put things in perspective and allow you to be more appreciative.
KEEP LEARNING trying something different such as learning a new instrument or language will set a challenge, increasing motivation and confidence.
GIVE by doing something nice for a friend or stranger…buy a big issue, help out in your local community. Putting your efforts towards a good cause can be incredibly rewarding.
The work on well being stems from a new vision of what it means to be prosperous and to flourish which is beginning to take hold in parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors. Work by academics and think tanks shows that, above a level of income (which we in the West generally have) only 7% of our wellbeing comes from income.