What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing, wellness, balance. Sounds good right? But what on earth does that really mean? We are living in an exciting time of growing consciousness in terms of the lifestyles we live and the way in which we look after ourselves. But sometimes I worry a little about the way in which it is portrayed in the media, online, via Instagram etc and how that can influence our expectations and ideas around the idea of balance and wellbeing.

One thing that I feel pretty strongly about is that there is no one definition of what it means to be healthy. We are all completely different, from our likes and dislikes to what makes us feel good physically and mentally. So in order to feel our best, we have to tap into that and take responsibility for our own wellbeing.

So what does it mean? How do we know how to make ourselves feel good? 

First things first, we need to detach from the idea of things being perfect, and that feeling good is a constant with a specific end goal. The reality is that investing in and nurturing our own wellbeing is an incredibly challenging process but one that is of course incredibly rewarding too. It is also dynamic and can change week to week or month to month. So while routine can be a really practical way to develop a greater sense of balance, it is important to remember not to become too attached and to allow ourselves the opportunity to be adaptive to our own changing needs, whether that be physical, mental or anything else.

It is all about listening to ourselves and recognising our habits, our moods, our interactions and our experiences. How do you feel? How does a certain situation, event, food, yoga teacher, friend, family member make you feel? What fills up our energy store and what feels draining? These questions all help us to connect a little more and develop more of an understanding around ourselves. 

So really, I'm not able to answer this question for you, but I can tell you that you have the power to decide it for yourself, and in fact it is YOUR own responsibility to listen, to learn and to adapt. Because that is how to feel good. There is no one size fits all and wellbeing is an entirely individual concept. No one else can tell you exactly how to find balance or feel your best. You are the only one that can figure that out. So take inspiration and make use of all the amazing tools around but have confidence and trust in yourself and surrender to the perfectly imperfect process! 

 

Annie Clarke