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What’s it worth?

What is you wellbeing worth? 

As mentioned previously, the subject regarding our wellbeing is so vast and can be explored open-endedly, and the connection of it to other matters is quite complex. All are related. Therefore, I would like to share this with you. If you are already aware of this, a reminder should be welcome, considering the info overload nowadays.

The Wellbeing model, created by Dr Mary Jo Kreitzer (the Founder and Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota), focuses on six dimensions that contribute to wellbeing. These dimensions are: be mindful, live healthy, create a connection, feel safe, find meaning, and have healing environments.

(Her main area of research is mindful meditation, and integrative health and healing.)

Numerous studies have been done about the impact that our interior surroundings have on us. A study was conducted to comprehend how the physical home situation affects inner wellbeing for stay-at-home mothers. Kreitzer’s wellbeing model was used as an abstract outline for this study – conclusions discovered that contact with nature, personalization, amount of space, and privacy were significant for wellbeing in the mothers’ homes; untidiness and uncleanliness weakened their wellbeing. Other studies have shown a connection between a mom’s emotional health and developmental interruptions in children (this is an example of one individual’s aura impacting on others). Wellbeing morals support the need to recognize any physical environment aspects in the home that can increase control, decrease anxiety, or improve quality of life in any means.

(More on this from a healthcare perspective in a future post.)

We have all experienced the effects of surroundings (and another’s wellbeing) on us, whether consciously or subconsciously. Even though you might have heard this before and constantly hear about complex matters such as these, it is good to be reminded and not be ignorant or stop discussing these matters. There are ongoing research and studies and discussions regarding wellbeing, our environment, how our environments impact us, how we and our choices and actions impact our environment(s), how we influence each other as humans, etc. And, it should be ongoing, because it is important. It is invaluable.

Wellbeing is not only another word for physical health, but it’s also about finding an equilibrium in body, mind and spirit. In this balanced state, we experience the sense of serenity, connection, liveliness, resilience and security.

Being mindful…

means being conscious or aware of something, awake to, alert, watchful… Mindfulness is the mental process of focussing on experiences happening in the present moment; paying attention, in a way that is unbiased, tolerant and on purpose – this can be developed through the practice of meditation. The benefits: evidence indicates that mindfulness had positive effects on specific conditions such as depression, stress & anxiety, physical (and the psychological experience of) pain, overall health & wellbeing, and mental performance.

Living healthy…

covers the subjects, diet & nutrition, physical activity & fitness, sleep, mastering stress, thoughts & emotions, and healthcare. Taking charge of these aspects have benefits such as increasing one’s overall quality of life, enhancing concentration / improving mental ability, helping to cultivate positive thoughts & actions and let one be more compassionate toward the self and others, helping prevent injury and maintain healthy weight, preventing chronic illness, saving time & money, enhancing relationships, giving empowerment, decreasing stress and boosting one’s mood.

Creating a connection…

through one’s personal relationships and community. Solid relationships offer meaningful connections, a shield from loneliness, a stretched lifespan, and a barrier against stress. A good community generates hope, indorses fairness, cultivates selflessness, develops the health of all, and diminishes corruption.

By feeling safe…

and through facing one’s own fears, it can lead to making others feel safer, less stress and fear, a reduced risk of illness and injury, a longer, healthier life, clearer thinking, regulated emotions, and a decreased risk of cardiovascular harm. There are arguments about money bringing happiness – researchers debate that it does not ensure it when used for luxury goods; they agree that it does guarantee it if needed to meet basic needs; some theorize that it does lead to it when used for fun experiences and when used to connect with family and friends.

Finding meaning and purpose:

we all seek to find reason and drive in life. Some express it through their daily work while others look for opportunities outside of it. Irrespective of how we all have a need of finding how we can best contribute in life. Spirituality is a widespread and extremely personal practice. It is wider than religion, but the two are closely connected. Spirituality can deliver a strong spiritual community, improved health, extended life, coping mechanisms during tough times and a sense of connection, meaning and purpose.

Healing surroundings…

entails the home environment, nature and our planet. Reducing, reusing, recycling and limited use of toxic substances are ways toward living a sustainable life. Sustainability is key when thinking about a healthy global environment. It is a necessity to form lasting sustainability, which will greatly affect the welfare of our world and the individual inhabitants thereof.

Nature: the natural, physical world and the ecologies nested in it. With the rising occurrence of depression caused by “nature deprivation” mostly owed to more time spent with electronics, our interaction with nature (air, water, earth, flora and fauna), is intensely valuable to humans. It aids in our relaxation and it revives us, it boosts positivity, encourages connection, lessens anger, fear or pain, while fulfilling some of our most elementary needs.

Personal surroundings don’t exist in seclusion, it is linked to the environment on a broader scale. On a micro level, a personal environment includes one’s home and workplace. Proper health and safety are important factors to be considered in a personal environment. Personal space can impact one’s mood, simplify family interaction and influence behaviour. It needs to be a sanctuary, a dwelling to relax and discharge stress and the consequences thereof.

Our wellbeing + harmonious interior design = Priceless

Reference / Inspiration:

Taking charge (UMN)
Mindful (Google Dictionary)
Wikipedia (Mindfulness)

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