There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of different articles about wellbeng and how you can do some really simple things to improve your own, or someone else's wellbeing.
Heck, I've even written a few!
But, the problem is - wellbeing is not easy to measure.
Don't get me wrong there are some simple tools (the NHS has a great one on it's site) which can give you a wellbeing score (see very bottom of the page).
But what do these scores really mean?
In all honesty - nothing.
I know - I'm being seriously controversial again.
But, here's the thing.
How I feel about something is very different to how you feel about something.
For example, just because things at work have been difficult for the past couple of weeks - it doesn't necessarily mean I've developed depression.
Even if the results of the wellbeing survey suggest I have.
Well, depression is very, very different to developing a low mood.
Depression is when everything is so bleak you can't see a way out.
Your brain stops functioning properly.
Having a rough couple of weeks may put strain on everything and affect your moods - but this is normal.
Depression is not normal - it's an extreme.
So what am I getting at?
Well, like all things mental health any measurement scales are subjective.
While, scales and screenings try to be as black & white as possible - how you interpret the questions will dictate how you respond.
For example, drinking 2-3 units of alcohol a day is technically within the health guidelines, but alcohol is a known depressant and causes harm to your body therefore, can also be considered a form of self harm.
When determining depression 'considering self-harm' is one of the questions asked.
One person may respond 'yes' because they're drinking and another respond 'no' because they associate self-harm with cutting.
Now, I'm not saying all these scales and screening questionnaires are completely useless.
They can give someone an idea of how they're doing.
More importantly, they can give someone some useful hints, tips and hacks on how to get their wellbeing back on track (if necessary).
But in all reality - if you're on google searching to find out whether you've got low wellbeing, depression or anxiety then you are already aware something is wrong.
No one who is mentally healthy thinks they're depressed.
The same as no one physically healthy thinks they're unfit.
So, if you're concerned about your wellbeing instead of doing a test to see just how bad it is instead search for things that can improve your wellbeing.
Leave the test scores alone & jump straight into the solution.
If you're really determined to put a number on it (much like Beyonce and the ring...) then here's the NHS measure - which thankfully gives you links at the end to some useful bits of advice.
Have a great day & catch up with you soon - Katie.
Oh, before I forget - did you know it's national gardening week? Such a perfect excuse to get outside & give your wellbeing a boost!
Here's a list of loads of things you can do by the royal horticultrual society:
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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