What associations come to your mind and body with the evocation and pronunciation of this word "well-being"? For me it is first of all something round, soft, a cozy cocoon that envelops me from head to toe, a pleasant warmth that spreads throughout all my limbs, a smile of contentment that appears on my face and eyes that light up.
The French word expresses well what it means: to be well in one's Being. The English word "Well-being" is a perfect translation. And the term "Wohlbefinden" in German implicitly contains the Being. To be well in the globality of one's Being. Physically and psychically.
Deloitte, in its analysis named “2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends - The rise of the social enterprise” lists 9 trends of which one is titled: “Well-being: a strategy and a responsibility” and indicates “Many employers are putting in place innovative programs for financial wellness, mental health, healthy diet and exercise, mindfulness, sleep, stress management, and more. The aim? To both increase worker productivity and meet new social expectations”. The complete analysis is to be found here: www2.deloitte.com
On July 19, 2018 Gallup Research titled a study performed with nearly 7,500 full-time U.S. employees and related to Workplace “Millennials are burning out”. And indicates: “The bottom line: Today's typical workplace is chronically gruelling, especially for the millennial generation. The majority of full-time U.S. workers experience burnout sometimes, very often or always -- and it's having a negative effect on their health, families and career development”. As recommendations they propose the following:
While the proposed approaches are from manager/coach to employee, I would like to address what each person can do for herself. And start by highlight this principle: your well-being – and implicitly – your health is your responsibility.
Being in a state of well-being, and thus healthy, comes back to having your energy flowing in your body, in all your cells in a fluid and harmonious manner.
Some time ago I made the acquaintance of an adult person – here I will call her Bob - who, since childhood, had learnt to work, activate and re-activate these energy flows. At one point Bob came to live in Europe and his neighbour was a doctor. After a certain while Bob met him again and they engaged a conversation. And the doctor asked him: how come Bob you never visit my cabinet? And Bob to answer: well I have never been ill in all my life!
In the meantime I have learnt to work with these energy flows: they do not only strengthen the physical body, they also confer a state of overall well-being. And while I do this a smile of contentment comes to my face and my eyes light up.
We all can go back to these inner sources of well-being. Athena Center - Women Wisdom provides the appropriate offering.