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What do you think of when you hear the word ‘wellbeing’?

It is easy to conjure images of tree hugging and yoga poses but it has a much wider meaning that that.

It actually refers to the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy1 , which is something we all strive for.

What this actually amounts to will vary according to each individual and what gives them contentment, but one thing we can all agree is that it is important to try and maintain a sense of wellbeing, for the good of our mental and physical health.

Here, we take a look at why looking after your own personal wellbeing is so important and how we can make a conscious effort to do this.

So, let’s talk wellbeing…

1.      Managing your emotions

Your emotional wellbeing can be one of the most important aspects of self-care.

It is focused on how you are feeling within yourself and how you cope with everyday life.

This is not a static thing, as it can change frequently and at any time2. This might be due to things that happen to us or for no obvious reason at all.

It is important to remember that out mental health and well being will affect the way we feel about ourselves and others, as well as the way we handle everything that life throws at us, so we should be making this a priority.

When we focus on our own wellbeing, we can be prone to less extreme reactions to certain situations and can make calm and rational responses to things.

Feelings of stress and anxiety can be reduced3 and your mood can therefore be improved.

2.      Improving relationships

When we feel good in ourselves, it affects those around us too. We might be easier to live with or in a better place to support someone else who might need it.

The happier you are, the more you can give to a relationship, whether that is a romantic one, a family one or a friendship.

3.      Boosting self-esteem

We are all capable of being down on ourselves from time to time, but if your self-esteem really needs a boost, then you might need to look at how you take care of yourself.

Whether it is knowing when to take time out or calming your nerves, concentrating on your wellbeing will help you to be a little kinder to yourself and take a different view of who you are. This makes you better equipped to deal with setbacks and reach your goals.

4.      Greater physical health

There are many different types of well being, and they are not all focused on the mind.

Your well being will also have an impact on your physical health, so you need to concentrate on looking after your body too.

This can be done through something as simple as brushing your teeth every day, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep or starting a new exercise regime.

This is all part of caring for yourself and keeping every bit of you healthy.

5.      A better work life balance

We spend large amounts of our life at work, but how much time do we spend thinking about our wellbeing there?

Work might leave you feeling tired, stressed, angry or anxious, which will have a negative effect on your time there as well as at home.

Wellness at work will change how you cope with tasks and stressful situations, how much time off you might need and how productive you are there.

Making sure that your health and well being at work is taken care of will affect your wider life and your work life.

This means you might need to talk to your managers about how you work and engage with them to support you better. It could also mean taking your full quota of holiday, managing colleague relationships and learning to say ‘no’.

There are many ways that you can boost your wellbeing, and your diet is one of them. ‘Go green to boost your wellbeing’ looks at how green vegetables can have a very special impact on your wellbeing.

However you choose to focus on your wellbeing, you should make sure you do it.

This can have massive effects on all areas of your life and how you view it, just through small and easy to maintain habits.

If you liked this, you'll love this... Read more: Taking care of yourself: Self-care ideas

Last Updated: 3rd February 2021

Bhupesh Panchal

Author: Bhupesh Panchal, Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.