Can You Define Well-being?

Some of us just know we aren’t healthy, we feel stressed, we aren’t on top of our game, it’s not a mystery, we cannot be said to be well.

Part of why you should see your health care provider regularly is to get at the solution to that ultimate question, of ‘am I well.’

At other times, we may seem to be well, we don’t carry any medical diagnoses, we aren’t fixated on how healthy we are, and we just carry on; but in fact may not be as healthy and resistant to stress as we should be.

There are many personal inventories your physician can administer to see if you are as healthy as you think you are. The Well-being Survey from the Berkeley Well-being Institute, the Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale, the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, the Maslach Burnout Inventory are a few of the tools, among many that can be used.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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