The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In 2008, the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project defined wellbeing as “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 community. It is enhanced when an individual is able to achieve their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of purpose in society.”
Over the ensuing years and from this springboard came the “Five Ways to Wellbeing” currently adopted by the NHS.
Most people are now conversant with eating “Five A Day” fruit and vegetables to ensure the optimum healthy diet. This approach was embraced by the NHS and patients suffering from many disorders and diseases are encouraged to eat their five a day.
Similarly the “Five Ways to Wellbeing” are now actively promoted throughout the NHS. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommend Mindfulness and Exercise for example in their recommendations for treatment. Both these examples fit into the “Five Ways to Wellbeing”