" Nourish your eye and spirit with inspiring things. They will bloom with your tending."
In 2008, over 400 scientists from across the world pooled their knowledge to write a report called Mental Capacity and Wellbeing (The Foresight Report). The report shared evidence about how simple actions, if performed everyday by all of us, can improve well-being.
Connect – because people are important to our health
Be active – because it raises mood and helps you sleep better
Notice – because practicing awareness of sensations, thoughts and feelings can improve our wellbeing
Keep learning – because learning is good for our self-esteem
Give – and receive, because cooperative behaviour triggers reward areas of the brain and makes us feel good
“a dynamic state, in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their economy. It is enhanced when an individual is able to fulfil their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of purpose in society.”
Foresight (2008). Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project Final Project Report. London: The Government Office for Science.
Nurturing and supporting our wellbeing is vital for good health.
If you’re having difficulty adapting to illness or disability, and feel like your wellbeing is being compromised, there are health professionals, such as Occupational Therapists, who could help. Click on the link to learn more about Occupational Therapy.