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What is World Well-being Week? How You Can Celebrate

June 10 2024 7 min read

We all know how important it is to put our well-being front and centre, but how do we make the time?

With World Well-being Week on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to celebrate everything that well-being encompasses. From getting active to making better financial decisions, there’s a whole lot that goes into our well-being.

Find out more about making happier and healthier choices when celebrating World Well-being Week with this guide from Fitness First.

When is World Well-being Week?

World Well-being Week is celebrated globally every year during the last week of June — in 2024, it runs from the 24th to the 30th, and it is a campaign by WellBeing World.

What is World Well-being Week?

Now in its fifth year, World Wellbeing Week is dedicated to shining a spotlight on everything that makes life better, including our physical, mental, emotional, social and financial health. 

World Wellbeing Week is all about:

  1. Spreading awareness — This week is dedicated to highlighting the significance of well-being in all areas of life. It encourages people, communities and organisations to prioritise our well-being and how we can integrate this into our daily routines and practices. By promoting the concept of holistic health, it aims to foster a broader understanding of well-being, simply beyond physical health. 

  2. Learning and sharing — WWBW provides an abundance of resources, information and practical tips on improving well-being. Whether it’s guidance on healthy eating, exercise routines, mental health practices or strategies for achieving a healthy work-life balance, there’s more than enough options for everyone. 

  3. Encouragement and support — World Wellbeing Week serves as a motivational platform, inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives. And there’s a whole host of activities you can do, including setting personal goals, participating in group exercises or engaging in mindfulness to promote a supportive environment for personal growth.

What exactly is wellbeing?

Essentially, well-being is all about how we function in our day-to-day lives. Think of it as the overall quality of life and how satisfied we are with different aspects of it. Here’s a breakdown of what makes up our well-being. 

  • Physical health — This is all about taking care of our bodies. Eating nutritious food, staying active, getting enough sleep and going for regular check-ups are all part of keeping ourselves physically fit and healthy.

  • Mental health — Our mental well-being is about how we think, feel, and handle stress. It includes keeping a positive mindset, managing stress, and seeking help if and when we need it. Activities like meditation, reading, or simply taking the time to relax can help boost our mental health. 

  • Emotional balance — This involves understanding and managing our emotions. It’s about being in touch with our feelings, expressing them in healthy ways, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout the day. Having hobbies that are important to you and that you make time for, as well as spending time with loved ones, can really help. 

  • Social connections — Humans are social creatures, and our relationships play a big role in our well-being. Having good friends, family support, and a sense of community can make us feel happier and more connected. 

  • Financial stability — While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, financial well-being is important too. It’s about feeling secure with our finances, managing money wisely and planning for the future. This helps to reduce feelings of stress and allows us to focus on other areas of our well-being. 

How do you know if you have good well-being?

As mentioned, well-being can be described as feeling satisfied in life, but how can you really measure this? Well, there’s a few questions you can ask yourself to gauge how you’re feeling:

  • Are you socially connected and interested in others?

  • Are you optimistic about the future?

  • Do you feel good about yourself?

  • Are you comfortable making decisions?

  • Can you think clearly and concentrate when needed?

  • Do you cope well with new challenges?

  • Do you feel useful both in your personal and professional life? 

  • Are you interested in new things?

How you answer these questions will help you understand your sense of well-being.

What else can you do to celebrate World Well-being Week?

World Well-being Week is a fantastic way to focus on all aspects of your well-being, but what can you do to celebrate?

1. Join a gym class

One of the best ways to get involved with WWBW is by taking part in a fitness class. At Fitness First, we have a wide range of classes available for you to try — from intense HIIT to all-out spin sessions or guided meditation — each class is designed to cater to different fitness levels and interests, so there’s always something for everyone. 

If you’ve wanted to try a new workout, this is the perfect time. Experiment with boxercise, freestyle dance, SHRED and more. Not only will you challenge your body, but you’ll also discover new ways to enjoy exercise.

Find your local gym today and get started.

2. Eat healthily

Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health, and it's important to think about what we’re putting in our bodies. So, why not join a healthy eating workshop or a cooking class? These workshops provide guidance on balanced diets, meal prepping, and understanding the benefits of different nutrients. 

Cooking classes help us learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals at home and provide practical tips and recipes that make healthy eating accessible and enjoyable. Win, win!

3. Take time to relax

We all live busy lives, and sometimes, taking time out of days for a minute of peace can be hard. Even if it’s just 30 minutes of reading your favourite book, going for a walk, or unwinding with a face mask, do something for you that helps you take a step back from the day.

4. Take time for personal development

World Wellbeing Week is the ideal time to focus on and work on personal growth. Set new personal and professional goals, reflect on your current achievements, and plan steps to reach new milestones. 

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or excel at a task you’ve already set your mind to, it can help keep your mind sharp and motivated. Investing in your personal development contributes to a fulfilling and balanced life. 

How can you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine?

Incorporating mindfulness into your day doesn’t have to be hard! It can be a transformative practice that enhances your well-being and allows you to be fully present in the moment. 

Here’s some ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life:

  • Start your day with intention — Begin each day with a few minutes of mindfulness. Before you even step out of bed, take a moment to breathe deeply and set an intention for the day. This could be something as simple as deciding to approach the day with a positive attitude or committing to being patient with yourself and others. 
  • Mindful breathing — Throughout the day, it’s a good idea to practise mindful breathing. This involves taking a few minutes to block out the world and focus solely on how you’re breathing. Find a quiet place, sit comfortably and close your eyes. Breathe in slowly through your nose, hold for a moment and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Concentrate on the sensations of the breath entering and leaving your body. This practice can help realign your thoughts and reduce stress. 

  • Evening reflection — End your day with a mindful reflection. Before going to bed, take a few minutes to review your day without judgement. Reflect on what went well and acknowledge any challenges you faced. Consider how you felt in those moments — and generally throughout the day — and what you’re grateful for. This practice can help you process your experiences, let go of any lingering stress and promote a peaceful night's sleep. It can also be a great idea to write these thoughts down in a journal and get your thoughts and feelings down on paper. 

Regular practice — The key to integrating mindfulness into your daily routine is consistency. Start with short, manageable sessions and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable. Even a few minutes a day can make a big difference! The more you practise, the more natural mindfulness will become, helping you to remain calm, focused and resilient when you take on every day.

Get set with Fitness First

World Well-being Week is a wonderful opportunity to focus on all aspects of health and happiness. But remember, the journey to better well-being doesn’t end after this week. The habits and practices we take from this event can be carried forward to enrich your life year-round. 

Discover more about all things fitness and nutrition today with our Inside Track Blog, or why not book your first class today? Find a gym near you now, whether you’re looking for a gym in London or further afield!