There is no concrete, single-layer definition of “well-being.” Psychology Today defines a person’s well-being as the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. Having positive well-being typically evokes the presence of positive feelings, thoughts, and emotions. It also translates into having a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction with one’s life. Well-being is a subjective matter and, as such, is difficult to track and measure.
Over the years, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has attempted to measure well-being using many different surveys, studies, and questionnaires. The results of some of these studies are listed below:
- Males or females between the ages of 20–39 had significantly better well-being than males or females 40 years of age or older.
- 6% of US adults (about 12 million) reported being dissatisfied/very dissatisfied with their lives.
- 6% of adults said that they rarely/never received social and emotional support
Almost everyone seeks out well-being as it presents a real presence of happiness in the most basic and complex forms. Anyone can increase their well-being at any point in their lives. There are many ways you can support your well-being. Five are listed below and can be integrated into your life one at a time or all at once.
1. Set an Intention
Setting an intention for yourself is one way to support your well-being. While setting preferences is common for those participating in Yoga and Meditation, it’s not so common for others. Setting an intention is allowing yourself to have a specific meaning and purpose. This can be done through spoken affirmations or a written goal.
This will help align your thoughts, emotions, and feelings with what you are looking to achieve. Don’t complicate or overthink your intention. It could be as simple as “I will be bold today” or “I will strive to be open in all my communication.” A solid starting point is the first step in your journey to positivity, fulfilment, and overall well-being.
2. Less Technology
Learning to function correctly without technology is another way to support your well-being. Technological advancements can be incredible. They’ve paved the way for advanced medical devices and processes, the ability to explore outer space, and helped connect one side of the world to the other. Technology has also created massive setbacks in our society.
Young people are becoming more and more self-driven with non-stop social media platforms. Adults are becoming less comfortable in social situations. This results in lower and lower amounts of human interaction.
Learn to limit technology time. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, stop. Go to the store and buy an old-fashioned clock alarm. This will prevent you from reaching for your phone in the morning.
If your email and other social accounts have automatic notifications on your phone, turn them off. Once you’re done with work for the day, determine how much time you will have access to technology. Use that gained time to meet new people and build current relationships.
3. Connect with Nature
Connecting with nature is another way to support your well-being. As a people, we once lived off the land. We felt as one with mother earth and basked in the gifts she gave us. Take time to explore the woods, climb a mountain, walk the beach, sit and listen to the birds, and enjoy a picnic in the park.
4. Connect with Yourself
Connecting with yourself is another way to support your well-being. You can’t live a happy or successful life without being at peace with yourself. Consider your core values, thoughts, wants, needs, and loves. Give yourself the gift of freedom by exploring parts of your soul that was previously left covered. Pamper yourself and learn to enjoy alone time.
5. Connect with Others
Connecting with others is another way to support your well-being. Humans are inherently social beings. The post-Covid society has been built up around isolation and technology-only connections. Toss this thought process and practice aside. Go to the local coffee shop and greet anyone who walks in. Sign-up for a new in-person class or activity and engage with other like-minded individuals. Drop into poetry readings, local bars, or clubs to say hello.
You’re only given one life, and you should do everything you can to enjoy it. Connecting with nature, yourself, and others, limiting technology, and setting intentions are surefire ways to support and increase your mental health.