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OPINION

What does well-being mean to you?

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How can your choice of career affect your well-being?

A medical career can be very pressured. Working long hours and balancing work and home life can affect your well-being. Finding the time to exercise, eat and sleep well, and most importantly relax, can be a juggling act. How is your well-being affected by your work-life balance?

The National Well-being Debate is currently in full swing, and we believe that it’s important to let the Office for National Statistics (ONS) know “what matters to you.”

Some of the key themes emerging from the debate include health (including mental health), job satisfaction, work-life balance and family. And as nurses, we want to know, how are you affected by these issues?

Working in a 9-5 office job, I constantly struggle to spend quality time with my partner and family, and all my good intentions of keeping fit and eating well seem to go out of the window – I just don’t seem to have the time! I have family members in the nursing profession and am constantly astonished how they manage to work 12 hour shifts, and still find time to look after their children (and even grandchildren!), yet alone themselves.

Do long working hours affect how well you look after yourself? How are your relationships with friends and family affected as a result?

I might not be right, but I think that helping others on a daily basis would give me immense happiness, and boost my job-satisfaction no end. On the other hand, seeing death, terrible illness and not always being able to help would be pretty heartbreaking. Do you feel you have the support you need to deal with the emotional aspects of your job?

From some of the responses we’ve received from the public, we can see what’s most important to peoples’ well-being:

  • “A good work life balance and good health both contribute to feelings of well-being”
  • “That I had cancer and survived because of the care and speed at my local hospital”
  • “Time - having enough to feel that I am spending enough time with my family (for the fun stuff - not just the routine school pick-up drop offs/swim lessons etc), making time for myself and balancing this against the amount of time I need to be in work for”
  • “Job satisfaction - feeling I am making a difference to the world and future generations via my job”

Every response can make a difference. Whether you leave a comment on this post, attend a well-being event or leave a comment on our site, make sure you have your say.

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