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General Wellbeing Measures

Promoting your wellbeing during challenging times

Some people have asked me for advice, what you could do to stay safe. Please follow the guidelines as given by the government. Consult your GP, NHS information and your pharmacist. I am not in a position to provide medical advice, as I am not a medically trained professional. I studied some Health Psychology during my Masters in Psychology as it is in my view important to have a holistic attitude to mental health.

Hence here some general comments about measures, which research I have come across over the years, has indicated to be useful for peoples overall wellbeing. Please note, that none of this is directly aimed at you personally and you should consult your GP, also: none of this is proven to be useful for the coronavirus and is not targeted at this specifically, again, please consult your doctor or pharmacists or the NHS helpline on 111. 


Research on wellbeing indicates that diminished physical health can impact our mental wellbeing and vice versa: feeling mentally unwell can impact our physical health. The immune system is often described as playing a key role. Helping and promoting our immune system can help us physically and psychologically and make us more resilient. I am happy to explore with you your thoughts and ponderings on how you can improve your overall wellbeing.

Whilst hygiene and social distancing have their place, in well-being research I have consulted over the years, what strikes me most is the interaction of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical wellbeing. 

Wellbeing paths - tested by research, myself & many of you

Physical Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

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  • getting sufficient and restful sleep!!!
  • stress reduction e.g. through organising schedules more realistically
  • exercise e.g. running, gym, weights, swimming
  • relaxation - breathing-exercises; massage; sauna
  • nutrition – reduction in sugar – e.g. some cells which destroy our bodies feed on sugar; keeping the pH alkaline – e.g. many viruses don’t like alkaline environments; 
  • healthy gut – it affects our immune system, e.g. probiotics could be useful here
  • keeping ‘toxins’ low – this includes electro-smog, tobacco, alcohol, drugs
  • looking after some of your basic needs, e.g. getting hearing aids, glasses if you need them 

Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

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  • making ‘me’-time, time for yourself where you can be a ‘human being’ as opposed to a ‘human doing
  • socialising with friends – could now be virtually
  • group-activities – pursuing an interest such as archery, movie-nights in a group, …
  • being in nature and connecting with it – in my MA research many participants found that being in nature gave them ‘meaning in life’ and ‘inner strength’
  • counselling and psychotherapy

More useful Wellbeing measures

Mental Wellbeing

Spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical Wellbeing

Spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical Wellbeing

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  • writing bothersome thoughts down can bring order into thinking
  • counselling and psychotherapy
  • planning the week’s task in a !!!realistic!!!* manner and daily checking what you accomplished gives a sense of satisfaction and achievement. *Unrealistic goals, chasing what we ‘ideally’ wish to ‘get done’ has a tendency to burden us, resulting often in putting ourselves down
  • improve your self-confidence – e.g. learning new achievable things can be helpful here; generally accomplishing small things step by step brings us further 
  • learning new things - discussion groups, learning a language
  • developing ‘rituals’/rhythms – so the mind can stop thinking over and over about the same processes
  • asking for help
  • volunteering
  • improving your environment – e.g. declutter your (computer)desk, surrounding yourself with photos of people close to you and things which give you joy

Spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical Wellbeing

Spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical Wellbeing

Spiritual/transpersonal/metaphysical Wellbeing

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  • practicing mindfulness 
  • meditation – there are many different forms we can discuss which might fit you
  • exercise with awareness – e.g. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong
  • connect with nature
  • prayer
  • music – choir, mantra singing, chanting
  • inspirational talks e.g. on TedTalk, youTube, let me know what you might resonate with and maybe I can assist you in finding some gems on the internet