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Wellbeing has been the “buzz” word for the last 18 months and I find that as I discuss company needs and wishes, it means different things to different people.

In this blog I will attempt to create some clarity………

Wellbeing is at the opposite end of a continuum with stress at the other end:






When you are experiencing wellbeing – you are well resourced to resist pressures that can result in stress.

Wellbeing depends on such factors as :

  • Good quality sleep and rest
  • Adequate support from friends & family
  • Nutritious food
  • Appropriate exercise
  • Flexible, positive thinking
  • Good communication skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteem and confidence

There is more to wellbeing than what you eat and how you exercise it off! However at this post seasonal time that could be quite important!

Self-awareness is vital to personal wellbeing and living and working with others, in harmony, enhances wellbeing.

A positive, flexible approach to life and work will repay the effort many times over, as plans and projects are achieved and challenges are managed. This will enhance both self-esteem and self- confidence, leading to a good physical, mental and social state.

This is work we have to do and assess the outcomes ourselves. We can ask others to help us by providing feedback and support but it is the ultimate act of self-responsibility.


Ann McCracken is a Director of AMC2 and the vice president of the International Management Association (ISMA UK) – the professional body for stress management Practitioners.

She specialises in developing a positive and resilient working culture in organisations by introducing effective strategies in performance and wellbeing at all levels. The effectiveness of such a positive working culture is measured and assessed using AMC2 Corporate Diagnostic innovative surveys which include measurement of psychosocial factors, stress and wellbeing. Having initially trained as a scientist, she carried out research with DEFRA and consultancy in the NHS.

She spent 10 years in Education before retraining as a stress management practitioner in 1996. She is the author of Stress Gremlins©, regularly writes/broadcasts and is an external lecturer at Westminster University. She is also a Key Note/Motivational speaker/Conference Chair.

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