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Wellbeing is the future for healthcare

  

 

 

Wellbeing is the future for healthcare

Wellbeing - what is it?

According to a new study from Boots, Wellbeing 2002, this state of grace needs to be widened to embrace our state of health. The survey demonstrates that overall those with a higher sense of wellbeing have a more positive attitude to their health and lifestyle. Out of 2000 respondents, 70% agreed strongly that they feel it is their responsibility to look after their health. Of those with above average wellbeing, 94% believe it is their responsibility.

 

People with a higher sense of wellbeing

  • Take greater responsibility for their health

  • visit the doctor less

  • enjoy a better quality of life

The Big Five factors for wellbeing

These essential factors remain `constant` throughout our lives:

  1. Having a sense of control over life and the direction it takes;

  2. An optimistic outlook;

  3. feeling confident about the way we look

  4. a sense that we are valued in our social group;

  5. enjoying good health and energy.

The study identifies a further ten factors that make up over two-thirds of our wellbeing:

  • confidence about ageing and the belief in being able to manage with age

  • having a partner/sex life

  • spirituality (religious or spiritual beliefs as a guiding way)

  • enjoying life and not feeling bored

  • satisfying work

  • positive childhood experiences

  • money

  • family and friends

  • a relatively stress free life

  • setting goals and working towards them

How do you acquire wellbeing?

Dr David Peters, author of The Complete Guide to Integrated Medicine, provides many ideas....... click here to find out more. (The document is in PDF format and can be printed off for easier reading)

 

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