A study of The Relationship Between Mindful Self-Care and Subjective Well-Being Among College Students and Working Professionals
Ms Sneha Chatterjee, Dr.Jaya R.Jethwani
College students, Mindful Self-care, Subjective well-being, Working professionals
The global decline of mental health implores us to find preventive and protective factors which can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle. Particularly in the urban community, college students and working professionals face unique stressors which negatively impact their well-being. The steady and intentional practice of mindful self-care has been linked to positive well-being. Therefore, this study explored the relationship between mindful self-care and subjective well-being. Participants included 200 adults, (100 students and 100 working professionals from various fields). Self- report method using the following instruments were used to obtain data: Mindful self-care was measured through The Mindful Self-Care Scale (MSCS, 2018), and measurement of subjective well-being was obtained using Subjective Well-Being Inventory by Nagpal and Sell (1992). The results indicated people mindfully engage in self-care on an average of 3-4 days/week and there is no significant difference between the two population groups. Social support was the most favoured self-care activity. Supportive structure followed by supportive relationships were domains which were highly correlated with subjective well-being. The relationship between mindful self-care and subjective well-being suggested a strong positive correlation. This study indicates a growing need for greater frequency of self-care practices and interventions to improve one’s well-being. Through creating awareness and inculcating self-care behaviours into one’s lifestyle, it can have a positive relationship with their well-being and as a result, improve well-being in the community.