Last month I spoke around the challenge of defining wellbeing. This month I’d like to explore the topic of growing wellbeing. I’d like to touch on one particular aspect, that being, the skills we need to grow wellbeing are vastly different to those we need to recover from illbeing. As the sweet smell of spring is in the air I’d like to use the analogy of a garden bed to help illustrate this point.
When we decide to grow a garden it may be important at the beginning to claim back the dormant bed by doing some weeding (in this analogy weeding is the equivalent to seeing something that is unwanted, a problem to be fixed or ill-being). Once we have taken the weeds out of the soil do we now have a flourishing garden? If we take all the problems away from a person or a system are they now well? I would say while of value, that if weeding is our only focus then the job is only half done. To not be ill is not necessarily to be well.
Along with weeding a successful gardener will ensure that the soil is the correct PH, it has enough exposure to sunlight and water. Maybe some extra nutrients will be added along with some worms to maximise the soil prior to planting. Once these tasks are lovingly attended too, they are then repeated, a little bit of weeding, along with ongoing maintenance to ensure the plants are kept watered and feed. The same goes for our wellbeing. We must actively attend to our wellbeing if we are to enhance it. We need to attend to our weeds and then embed small frequent wellbeing practices into our lives if we are to build wellbeing and potentially flourish.
What small wellbeing practices do you use to grow wellbeing for you, your family or your organisation?