Wellbeing and Positivity
Wellbeing is a state of feeling happy, healthy and prosperous. It is a state of being in balance or alignment and feeling content, peaceful, connected to purpose, in harmony, and safe.
At the University of Minnesota, we define wellbeing in the broadest sense as a state of feeling happy, healthy and prosperous. It is a state of being in balance or alignment and feeling content, peaceful, connected to purpose, in harmony, and safe.
Above is the Wellbeing Model created by the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, which represents the multiple aspects of ourselves that contribute to our overall wellbeing. Health has often been prioritized and emphasized more than the other sections, but we are now learning that our overall sense of wellbeing is impacted by all of the segments of the model.
Positivity is a concept that should present in all six segments of the Wellbeing Model because positivity is a mindset and one way to view the world around you.
What used to be normal is now abnormal. Society is in a constant state of readjustment and recalibration. While some of the world has started to open back up, those with compromised immune systems or chronic illness are physically distancing themselves now more than ever. The pressure in the media, politics and even social media is at an all time high. So what can you do for yourself and your family?
First of all, recognize that it’s Okay to not be Okay!
Sometimes life is just hard. Recognize that. Speak up and reach out when you're feeling down. It's important to stay physically safe and isolated from the risk of COVID-19 right now, so find safe ways to reach out and connect using technology, barriers, and distance. For more on COVID-19 safety recommendations review the CDC guidelines.
There are many ways of increasing your mood and positivity that are within your control. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do. If that isn’t enough to boost your wellbeing, consider reaching out to your healthcare team. Utilize tele-health and let your team know if you're struggling with increased anxiety or depressed thoughts during this difficult time.
Experiencing wellbeing can be challenging when you or someone you love lives with chronic illness. It can also be challenging because of the current state of the world. In these times of social injustice and living through a global pandemic, it's easy to become unbalanced. Communities have been shaken, physical health risk is at an all time high, and depending on the individual challenges you and your family live with, you may be experiencing a whole host of insecurities and threats to your wellbeing.