Wheel of Wellbeing
Introduction to the Wheel of Wellbeing
- Are more resistant to colds
- Recover from surgery more quickly
- Feel pain less acutely
- Feel more connected to others
- Are more creative
- Are better at problem solving
- And can live up to 7 years longer.
That same research is showing us how our health and happiness can be boosted by doing certain things on a day-to-day basis and the Wheel of Wellbeing is your guide to some of them.
The Wheel of Wellbeing is a framework, informed by international research and positive psychology, which can assist you to increase your capacity for happiness. By outlining simple and easy strategies that you can implement every day, the WoW framework is an excellent tool for helping us all to be happier, healthier and more mentally resilient.
Body: be active
Activate endorphins and dopamine. Go for a walk or run; Step outside; Cycle; Play a game; Garden; Dance; Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Engage your parasympathetic nervous system to counteract bad stress and help your body rest, relax & recover.
Mind: keep learning
Foster a growth mindset. Try something new; Re-discover an old interest; Sign up for that course; Take on a different responsibility at work; Fix a bike; Create stronger neural pathways. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Enhance the meaning and purpose in your life. Do something nice for a friend or a stranger; Thank someone; Smile; Volunteer your time; Join a community group; Look out, as well as in; Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community, can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Connect with the people around you: with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. Good social connections fight social isolation.
Place: take notice
Be curious; Catch sight of the beautiful; Remark on the unusual; Notice the changing seasons; Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends; Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling; Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
With small steps we can do almost anything we choose. Just as we have polluted our world to the point of climate chaos, we also have the resources and the knowledge to save it. Grow a vegetable garden; Use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug; embrace the lifestyle of Blue Zones; Plant native trees; Walk to the shops; Spend time in nature; Be present and engage with your environment.
Biloela Wellbeing Hubs
The purpose of the Wellbeing Hub model is to work with local communities to enhance existing knowledge and skills around mental wellbeing. The approach includes: building on current capacity to bring together information on the assets already in the community that support mental health and wellbeing in the local area, and developing strategies to raise awareness of these supports; gathering information directly from the community about the current levels of wellbeing; identifying what more could be done to ensure long term good mental health and wellbeing; and effectively communicating this information to appropriate audiences. A key part of this project is to develop capacity in individuals in the local community to actively participate in each of these elements.
This model is a community development approach; it involves working with people who are thriving and are committed to their community, and increasing their capacity to deliver actions and activities that will increase the mental wellbeing of local people for whom wellbeing is lower. The model is not a treatment for mental illness; it’s an approach to increase mental wellbeing in individuals and communities, aiming to decrease the risk that everyday pressures will develop into long term mental illness.
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