What does wellbeing mean?

The phrase 'wellbeing' is often used to describe 'mental state', and refers to how a person experiences the world. This includes how a person feels and how well they can cope with life's everyday challenges. Wellbeing can change over time, whether that is a day, a week, a month or a year.

What can affect wellbeing?

There are many influences on our wellbeing, including:

  • suffering a loss, such as a bereavement or redundancy

  • experiencing loneliness or isolation

  • concerns about work or money

Sometimes, the reasons for experiencing poor wellbeing do not seem clear. However, there are some factors that make some people more vulnerable or pre-disposed to experiencing a period of poor mental health. These include:

  • childhood abuse, trauma, experience of violence or neglect

  • social isolation, loneliness or discrimination

  • homelessness or poor housing

  • a long-term physical health condition

  • social disadvantage, poverty or debt

  • unemployment

  • the responsibility of caring for a family member or friend

  • significant trauma as an adult, such as military combat, being involved in a serious accident or being the victim of violent crime

There are many other reasons that may lower wellbeing, causing experiences of low mood, anxiety or depression. Getting active, talking to someone or learning new skills to cope are just a few of the ways to address low wellbeing.

Wellbeing is for everyone

It is important for everyone to take steps towards wellbeing, not just when experiencing poor mental health. There are at least five different ways in which a person can take action to improve their wellbeing:

  • get active

  • connect with others

  • keep learning

  • be aware of yourself and the world

  • give to others

Here at Mind, we have an experienced team who provide a range of Wellbeing Activities, to people across the City of London and Hackney.

To access Wellbeing Activities, Make a referral or take a look at How we can help you for more information.