The Oxford English Dictionary defines well-being as ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy’. However, much like the term ‘recovery’, this can mean a lot of different things to different people.

The CHIME factors, which are described elsewhere on this website, are a useful way of thinking about well-being. Another popular model is the ‘Five ways to well-being’ – Connect, Be active, Take notice, Learn and Give. More information about this model can be found on the gov.uk website.

Connecting with the people, places and things that we love, being aware of the world around us, being a little more physically active (within any limitations), learning something new and doing something for another person can all increase our feelings of well-being. Of course there may be times when this is not possible, but many people say that the smallest thing they can do for themselves helps. Some people feel they need support to explore well-being factors, and this is fine.

It’s also true that no-one feels totally content, comfortable, healthy and happy all of the time. This shouldn’t be a goal, as it’s unrealistic. Well-being is about balance, and about being able to enjoy the times when things are going pretty well.

Real Life Experience

If you’d like to share your experiences of wellbeing and how you keep yourself emotionally and mentally healthy, email tewv.vrc@nhs.net.