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The concept of well-being comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive 2 experience of their life. Equally important for well-being is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing. (aked et. al. "Five Ways to Wellbeing", New Economics Foundation)
Work can give us a sense of purpose, an identity within a community, or even an escape from the complexities of our personal lives. And crucially, it pays the bills.
Often we talk about the work life balance as if life is something that happens outside of work. We can do the things that make us well before or after work but during those hours in front of our computers, we can ignore the normal rules to a healthy life. The problem with this is that we spend a significant proportion of our lives working. We can't put our bodies and minds on hold during this time.
Physical and mental fitness run side by side. Work often makes us forget to eat properly or at all, move away from our computer screens/desks, or communicate meaningfully with others around us. Before we know it, we have spiralled into physical and mental illness. But there are some things you can do to stop the rot!