You might have noticed my by-line
“One woman’s journey to a more meaningful life”
It’s not that my life lacks meaning now, I just want to be more purposeful and intentional and not drift through my life bouncing from one thing to another like I feel I have in the past. This blog is about physical and emotional journeys but don’t worry I am not going to get all hippy-dippy or religious!
The by-line is also a product of my recent discovery of the “THE Minimalists” podcast. The underpinning mantra of Josh and Ryan’s message is to do more with less and follow your values. I’d recommend it even though I sometimes find their banter a bit repetitive.
Another significant factor leading me down the meaningful pathway is my day job. I am a Deputy Principal at a large high school with close to 1000 people on site every day. Part of my role is to improve their wellbeing. I have been teaching for 25 years and I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students with low-level (but no less real) mental health issues linked to anxiety and depression.
It is reaching plague proportions. Part of me thinks it’s just a case of telling sixteen-year old’s (as empathetically as possible) to “Toughen up Prince/Princess” and/or tell their lawn-mower parents to back off and let their kids face a bit of a character-developing challenge every now and then. Another part of me knows there is a real problem that needs to be dealt with urgently.
Looking for ways to take action, I came across a great paper published by the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation which in turn is based on research by the New Economics Forum. Five Ways to Wellbeing – A Best Practice Guide sets out in very easy to understand language, the five key factors in improving your wellbeing in everyday life. I have wrapped up the advice in the infographic below.
This post is only an introduction and I recommend you have a look at the paper and the research behind it.
 I am sort of hoping you may have noticed that already if you have been reading any of the previous posts. J
 Although I have started to make my own kombucha, kimchi and alfalfa sprouts. That is for a whole other blog post and has been triggered by reading Michael Mosley’s Clever Guts Diet at https://cleverguts.com/
 Find their podcast on iTunes or here on their website http://www.theminimalists.com/
 Parents who clear all obstacles ahead of their children so they don’t face any problems.
 https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/home/ways-to-wellbeing/ click on the link halfway down the page.