Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of well-being, part of Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity.
- Well, in the Thrive definition of wellbeing, we talk about a few pillars. And in the pillar of wellbeing, there is this idea of sleep, exercise, nutrition, which all combined create a more stable, solid human being. We even include hydration in that process. So for most people when you talk about wellbeing, you think about this idea of taking care of your body, because your body is really the vehicle for you to get most things done in your life.
And part of the challenge that people will tell us is that they don't have time to take care of themselves, that other things take priority. So when you think about working mothers, I hear this all the time. They work all day, they come home, and they take care of their kids. At the end of that period, usually they hop back online to do some work. And they look up, it's time for bed, and none of that day was spent taking care of themselves.
And you can understand why they would prioritize kids, why they prioritize work. But part of the challenge here is we're saying at Thrive, is at some point if you don't take care of yourself you lose the ability to take care of others. You know, we call it emptying the tank. And so if you want to have a productive life, one of the things that is critical is to make sure that you begin taking care of yourself. At some point, that vehicle called the body will break down.
And so we really are driving this idea that if you can take care of yourself and prioritize it, then you find yourself at some point in your life realizing that wow, if I hadn't have done this I would not still be able to run around my grandchildren or my great-grandchildren even. Which when you think about priorities, those become much more important than anything else. So when you think about how we think about our lives personally, and every one of us thinks of it differently, we think about our own personal values.
What is most important to us as we think about short-term, medium-term, long-term? And all of us probably could say when we're in our short-term cycle, especially in our younger cycle, we are about achieving a certain level of success. And we're willing to sacrifice certain things to do that. So if I have to work long hours, if I have to do all these things, it's fine. I don't have a family, I don't have other things pulling on me. I can sacrifice myself in those ways. But one of the things we find is that when people start down that path, they start losing track of what is their value? What is the most important thing to me? They get stuck in a, I would call, a more micro-purpose, which is I want to please my boss.
Or I want to get my next promotion. And I've seen over and over again, people hit a certain age where they realize, I've been doing that for a long time and I'm not happy. So often, we try to get people to reset that a little bit and say, so think about it for a second. What is your purpose? And if you understand your purpose is, I want to leave a legacy where people are better because of what I did and how I contributed. I want to have loving relationships, close friends.
I want to make sure that I don't lose that in my life. And maybe there's some other things that are important to you. Then you start making decisions about what you do in your life based on your purpose. When you do that, now your doing becomes more aligned with what you want, and then the results you create are more aligned with your purpose. So we try to drive this idea of understanding what you want to be, which then determines what you do, which then determines the results you create.
- The importance of well-being
- Bringing your whole self to work
- Knowing your boundaries and limitations
- Investing in your relationships
- Working towards your strengths
- Knowing when to say no
- Holding yourself accountable to change