Can you spare a moment?
Before you read on – please stop for a couple of minutes and think of something that makes you happy. Think of something that, if you’re having a bad day or a bad week will keep you going, make you feel more positive, make you feel good.
Close your eyes for a couple of minutes and think of that thing….
One of the things I touched on in my initial interview was the New Economic Foundation’s (NEF) Five Ways to Well-Being. They synthesised well-being research from around the world into five evidence based actions to support personal well-being. They are Be active, Learn new things, Look at the world differently, Connect with others and Give something back.
It is likely that when you thought of what made you well you thought of something that involved at least one of these things?
Here’s a picture of something that keeps me well…
… swimming outside all year round at Tooting Bec Lido ticks all five of the NEF Ways to Wellbeing… It gets me physically active, it connects me with nature and encourages an awareness of my surroundings (especially when we break the ice in the winter).
It’s a really great place to connect and I’ve made lots of friends, I keep learning through swimming and I volunteer there at events like the World Cold Water Championships and the open air Dive-In Movies. No wonder people love it.
More about wellbeing later…
Hilary Jennings will be a guest editor for the next month, providing insights into the world of wellbeing, sustainability and various other parts of here wide-ranging professional and personal interests.