Society for Energy & Emotions, Wellness Space uses WHO-5 wellbeing index and many other tools to measure the effectiveness of the interventions. This approach is backed by review and actual data on the use of the tools. The approach isn’t limited to only surveys since use many other technologies to measure the “actual” physical body parameters. This following review explored why it is better to measure wellbeing (instead of stress) and use it as a screening tool.
Stress is complex to measure and has multiple factors involved. (a) the environment in which the trigger occurs (b) impact on the individual – which varies from person to person (c) the personality or profile of the individual facing the stress e.g. some people get impacted more vs other and finally (d) the impact on the body and the mind of the person. There is enough data on how stress impacts the mind and the body. Hence, the article explored the use of screening tool (for everyone who has some physical or emotional challenge) instead of stress measurement.
This doesn’t mean there is no need to measure stress, however, since stress impacts wellbeing negatively. The recommendation is to measure wellbeing to screen individuals AND based on screening pursue understanding of stress, stressors or the impact on the individual.
This idea – in the form of accepted publication – is captured in the article below. By using screening, especially in the chronic disease context, we could unearth presence of stress, depression or anxiety (all of them impact wellbeing). This would simplify the screening process to reach out to more people versus applying complex stress measurement process. Thus, poor wellbeing requires follow-up measures for anxiety/depression and the actual stress levels and lifestyle choices).
Importance of Screening for Wellbeing in Diabetes Management
Abstract: Diabetes (Type 1 and 2) is a chronic metabolic disorder impacting both the mind and the body of the individual. The impact on the mind includes emotional, social, cognitive and psychosocial wellbeing of the individual. Thus, diabetes management must not only focus on the impact of the disease on the body but also understand its cognitive, psychological and lifestyle implications. Given the negative impact of the stress on both the mind and the body, stress screening and management must be incorporated in diabetes management.
This review explores stress, its impact on physical and psychological wellbeing in the context of diabetes management. Evidence is presented on the challenges related to measurement of stress and its negative impact on the wellbeing of the individual. Based on the comparison (complexity, scalability, etc.) between measurement of stress and wellbeing, the review highlights the importance of screening for wellbeing using simple psychological wellbeing measurement tool (WHO-5) and its usefulness in providing the framework for assessment of conditions such as stress, depression, etc.
Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; Respiratory disease; Cancer; Eating habits; Physical inactivity; Central obesity; Family history; Alcohol; Tobacco consumption; Emotional stress
The link to article:
Current Research in Diabetes & Obesity Journal (CRDOJ)ISSN: 2476-1435
Some case studies on how we use WHO-5 at Society for Energy & Emotions (Wellness Space).