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7 Pillars of Positive Resilience: Wellbeing

Wellbeing – the final pillar of Positive Resilience

PEOPLE WITH HIGH WELLBEING LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER, HAPPIER AND MORE SUCCESSFUL LIVES

Wellbeing is the final one of peoplewise’s  7 Pillars of Positive Resilience, the science and practice of developing mastery over our ability to not just cope with disruption and challenges but thrive and reach our full potential for happiness and success.

Do you start your day clear-eyed, full of energy and looking forward to what’s coming? We can’t expect to be at our best or to be able to recover and bounce forward from adversity without focusing on our underlying Wellbeing: our healthy habits and strategies that energise and sustain our physical and mental health.

The people who thrive in all areas of their life are those who have built healthy physical and psychological habits which support them as they live life to the full. Healthy habits give you a solid foundation on which to build all the other aspects of Positive Resilience. On the other hand, a lack of healthy habits or indulging in unhealthy behaviours can sabotage your efforts to build resilience. You are probably already aware of the impact too much to eat or drink, a poor night’s sleep, an inability to relax, or a lack of energising activity can have on your overall ability to cope.

Developing Wellbeing

People with healthy habits tend to:

  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay physically fit
  • Set aside enough time to think and relax
  • Use breathing, visualisation, or other techniques to slow down and maintain their perspective when under pressure
  • Engage in stimulating and energising hobbies and other activities

Make a list of all the habits you already have that support your wellbeing. Then consider where you could do better and identify a small step to take action.

References and further reading

  1. Changing Your Habits for Better Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, November 2020
  2. 5 healthy habits that could add over a decade to your life, NHS UK, May 2018
  3. Better habits, better brain health, Harvard Health, September 2017