The Four Pillars of Wellbeing

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This World Wellbeing week, we’re breaking down the concept of ‘wellbeing’ into four core pillars to help us understand the role each plays in our day-to-day lives.

Financial wellbeing

Concerns about finances can make life difficult, impacting our emotional and physical wellbeing, especially if a financial curveball comes our way. By having control of our money situation, we can create a better state of wellbeing, and cope with any unexpected events. If you need some guidance or want to brush up on your financial wellbeing, look at Money Helper for free impartial advice on budgeting, managing your spending, and how to save.

Physical wellbeing

The lifestyle choices we make play a big part in how we feel. When we move our bodies less, we don’t get as many feel-good endorphins, and we don’t feel as energised when we eat less nutritious food. Over time these factors can add up and affect our health and wellbeing. Getting enough quality sleep, eating a balanced diet, and staying hydrated are just some of the ways we can ensure good physical health.

Emotional wellbeing

Our emotional health is affected by daily worries, challenges and stress. If we find ourselves having more bad days than good days, it can impact our resilience in the long term. The ability to recognise how we feel and react to low moments can help us better respond to future stressful situations. You don’t have to do this alone, the simple act of talking to someone can help us work through our thoughts and feelings when we don’t know where to start. 

Social wellbeing 

Social wellbeing refers to the way we interact with people in different environments. It includes how we handle different relationships, how we manage our emotions in situations, and being aware of our rights and responsibilities. Social interactions are key to not only ensuring that we feel a sense of belonging with friends, family, and colleagues, but also prevent us from feeling isolated. At times, we may find social demands overwhelming if we aren’t feeling our best, which is why it’s important to practise self care


If you are connected to the print industry and struggling with any of these issues, our helpline can provide free practical and emotional assistance to help you with life’s challenges. Contact us to find out about accessing the service.    

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