One of the most important things I’ve learned has also been one of the most practically useful and has helped me improve my sense of wellbeing enormously. I realised wellbeing works like a seesaw. To explain how, let’s set some foundations:
Now envision these as two sets of forces, stacked up on opposite sides of a seesaw. When your challenges outweigh your resources, the seesaw tips and your wellbeing reduces, when your resources exceed your challenges, wellbeing increases.
While this is an intellectually interesting insight, it has a profound practical impact, effectively doubling the options you have to enhance your wellbeing. It invites you to ask two questions:
EEK & SENSE Partners have defined six core elements of wellbeing, based on evidence-based research, underpinned by 50+ years of business psychology and executive coaching experience. The six elements are incredibly useful for helping you understand where the greatest opportunities to build your wellbeing lie:
Our relationships with our family, friends, colleagues and community
Our overall sense of whether we are leading a ‘good and full life’ which holds meaning and purpose for us
Our inner strength and emotional evenness
Our physical health, nutrition, exercise and sleep
Our success in balancing the various demands placed on us in all aspects of our life
Our intrinsic interest and focus in the work we do
While these factors are independent and can be worked on individually, they work collectively pushing and pulling your wellbeing in different directions.
For example, I may feel while I’m working from home that I’m always ‘on duty’ and never switch off from work (balance & boundaries), and this is exacerbated when the cabin fever of lockdown starts to fray my interactions with the people around me (authentic relationships). Or a work assignment that seemed challenging but interesting (intellectual engagement and flow), can seem overwhelming when you’ve come down with a dose of the flu, have a bout of insomnia or haven’t left the house for a week (vitality and energy).
Ask yourself, which of the six elements of wellbeing are working for you and what can you do to enhance, amplify and increase these? Conversely, which of the six are challenging your wellbeing and what can you do to reduce these?
A co-ordinated approach that targets several of the core elements of wellbeing and works on addressing the things that both enhance and detract from your wellbeing – working both sides of the seesaw – is much more likely to help you thrive, no matter what the world brings your way.
To find out how we can help you, please contact us at Dattner Group.