On Saturday, I went for a walk around Horminam Garden. In any season I found this place resourceful. It’s always nice to wander through the wild trail or along the flowerbeds and finally enjoy the view from the bandstand. But that day, it was actually the World Mental Health Day and different activites promoting positive mental health and well being were taking place in Horminam Garden. Through those activities we could explore the WoW (Wheel of Well-being).
This Wheel of Well-being is divided into six categories : body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet. It’s a guide to help us live well. It shows that the way we think and feel is as important as good food and physcial exercise. Nowaday’s we speak more and more about well-being especially because of the growing number of depressions. But depressed or not, it’s wort working on our well-being. When we feel good we tend to have a stronger immune system, we are more creative and more open to people.
The WoW is here to inspire us so that we can find simple things to do on a daily basis.
- ”Body” reminds us that physical activity is essential to be physically but also mentally healthy. And even just 30min of exercise a day makes a difference.
- ”Mind” shows the importance of learning and pursuing our hobbies. Either we start playing scrabble more often or grab the guitar we had put aside, that could be a good beginning.
- ”Spirit” is about giving and sharing which means saying thank you or spending some time volunteering.
- ”People” emphasizes the benefits of close relationships and the connection with people in general, importance of the good moments spent with the people sharing our life.
- ”Space” is about reconnecting to our environment. Which is simply slowing down, contemplating and breathing.
- ”Planet” symbolizes the connection to nature. which is something we should take care of. So let’s get on our bikes and start recycling.
The London based associations which created this Wheel of Well-being are giving some more tips on their website, have a look : wheelofwellbeing.org
And why not trying to create our own wheel of well-being!