Wellbeing: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
The awareness of the topic of wellbeing and its importance is on the increase and I couldn’t be happier. It is an area where I suspect we are probably all guilty of pushing our own priorities into the background when life stresses take over. But being conscious of our own wellbeing needs to be on our agenda. Wellbeing affects us all, what impacts one person will differ from the person next to them and will be relative to their current situation to different degrees, but it is prevalent in all our lives.
Sometimes we have to take responsibility for our own wellbeing and my own personal experience of doing this is something I wanted to share.
5 years ago I was working in London and commuting for 3 hours a day. It was the sacrifice I had to make to buy a house in an affordable area, an opportunity I know I was lucky to have. But after 2 years of repetitive commuting and what felt like my whole free time on Metropolitan line tired, hungry and often sweaty I knew something had to give. I resented London and spending time up there, a place I used to enjoy hanging out in. The monotonous travel route was also emphasised by the fact I was bored in my job. The same desk, with the same background music, the same spot for lunch, I began to feel like I was just existing.
It would have been easy to stay still, I was working for a cool company and had some non monterary perks but there came a point when that just wasn’t enough to keep me going on with this draining routine.
Knowing what I had to change I actively searched for a job that would give me more flexibility and drastically change work life balance. Jobs which involved mobile working were top of my wish list.
Mobile working provides the freedom, flexibility and most importantly increased control of your own wellbeing. When I achieved the mobile working job I aspired for it did not disappoint. Managing my own diary, minimising my commute and increasing my changes of scenery were all breaths of fresh air. I instantly felt happier, more relaxed and more aware of what benefited my state of wellbeing.
I appreciate mobile working isn’t for everyone or even possible for everyone. But the lesson here is about making a change that can have a positive impact on your wellbeing, whatever that change may be. Whether that is something as small as walking a different route every lunch to changing profession, whatever you do every decision should be made with asking yourself question; “will this increase my level of wellbeing?”
It is important to note that the change to go mobile wasn’t, and still isn’t, all unicorns and roses, it can be hard. The self discipline, constant IT issues and your home being your work place all has it challenges but for me these are still outweighed by the impact the flexibility has brought on my wellbeing. I still have to be present and review my wellbeing level daily, and constantly make small changes but on the whole my overall wellbeing and work life balance is a good as it was 5 years ago when I made the leap.
Watch this space as I continue my series on wellbeing.