At Anytime Fitness, we believe that The Hand of Wellbeing can be used to explore the complexities of wellbeing. Simply put, we understand that there are several influences that can affect your overall health.

The Hand of Wellbeing is a tried and tested assessment technique which combines both a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Creative approach to explore these areas.

The model uses both CBT interventions and Creative Expressive techniques to engage the participant in a journey of facilitated transformation and expression. The hand of wellbeing consists of six areas:

Work / life BalanceRecovery / SleepExerciseNutritionMental WellbeingFamily & Social Environement
Work / Life Balance

Work/Life Balance

This is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. Maintaining a balance helps reduce stress, increases productivity, improves self esteem and overall mental health and wellbeing.


This plays a vital role in health and wellbeing throughout your life. During sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help your mental and physical health and overall quality of life.


Being active is not only great for your physical fitness, but it can also improve your mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests that there’s a link between being physically active and positive mental wellbeing.


Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases and promote your overall health.

Mental Wellbeing

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Being aware of mental health and highlighting triggers can help determine how to handle stress, relate to others and improve our lifestyle to limit mental health issues.

Family & Social Environment

Finding enjoyment with your support network. Having likeminded people, friends and family around you will keep you motivated and help you make the necessary changes.

The Hand of Wellbeing tool has been devised for use as an assessment and framework for development in group and individual therapy but also has huge potential as a tool for early intervention.

In line with our partnership with Mind and Happiful, we believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes a focus on both fitness and mental health aspects.


We’ve prepared this video to introduce you to the hand of wellbeing and our #HOWbyAF series. The videos from this series can be found in all our wellbeing sections and our social media pages. We’re always adding new episodes, so if there’s a particular topic you’re interested in or would like an in depth answer to any wellbeing question, make a request and you’ll soon see it added.



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Lucy Perrow is an award winning dietitian who has worked as in the NHS for 13 years. She recently launched her own business ‘Your Health Dietitian’ which focuses on helping people lose weight and achieve better health through personalised nutrition and support. Lucy also has a keen interest in Nutritional Genomics and how our DNA affects our health.

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Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS is a psychologist, wellbeing consultant and founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing. While he currently works within organisations to combine wellbeing and performance to create corporate athletes, he has a diverse background. He is not averse to a challenge, having lost the ability to walk in 2014 and had to relearn.

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Annabel Zicker is a mindset coach, speaker and entrepreneur. Following a finance career in the City spanning 20 years, she suffered from severe burnout and exhaustion and now runs a specialist coaching practice working with professional women and mothers and delivers corporate programmes, talks and workshops. She has a special interest in work life balance and the long-term implications of deep-rooted limiting beliefs and how these drive our daily actions and ultimately the course of our lives.

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