Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual's total potential. This is a life-long process of moving toward enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, and occupational well-being. All seven dimensions highlight important components of wellness and ways to explore your own level of wellness. Together they create a balance of total wellness in an individual.
Physical wellness involves an understanding that eating well, exercising, and making healthy lifestyle choices are important, and practicing preventive medicine promotes and optimal well-being.
  • Get a physical exam
  • Be consistent with self-exams, like BSE/TSE
  • For women, gynecological exam
  • Current immunizations
  • Regular exercise and eat balanced meals
  • Dental and eye exams
  • Limit or avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Get a massage to ease tired and worked muscles
Social wellness means being aware of, participating in, and feeling connected to your community. It means developing healthy relationships with those around you, and  encourages contribution to the welfare of the community.
  • Develop relationships where both parties feel good
  • Interact with others in public and private situations.
  • Adapt to various social settings.
  • Stick to values and beliefs without being persuaded by peer pressure.
  • Join clubs to expand your social network - It's a great way to get involved and meet others with similar interests.
  • Read the newspaper - you will be amazed with all of the events going on and off campus
Emotional wellness refers to your ability to handle emotions in a constructive way in order to enable you to maintain a positive emotional state. Emotional wellness helps a person achieve positive self-esteem, helping them satisfy relationships, and providing resilience to meet life's challenges.
  • Recognize when your emotions affect your body.
  • Express your needs, feelings, and opinions appropriately.
  • Use humor to defuse negative thoughts or situations.
  • Use journal writing to relieve stress and express your thoughts.
  • Talk to a trusted friend or family member and vent.
  • Give and receive lots of hugs.
  • Be optimistic - believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, make an appointment with a professional healthcare provider.
Intellectual wellness involves the continuous acquisition, development, articulation, expression, and application of critical thinking and intuitive skills while continuously seeking out new challenges. It includes keeping an open mind to enable a person to maintain their mental abilities and to use any available resources to expand their knowledge and improve their skills. This is accompanied by a sense of satisfaction and expanding the potential for sharing such skills and knowledge with others.
  • Find outlets that are intellectually stimulating.
  • Set and meet realistic goals academically, personally, and professionally.
  • Take advantage of opportunities that may offer you different experiences.
  • Decide on things that help you relax and do them.
  • Deep breathing can help the mind-body connection.
  • Spoil yourself after completing a goal.
Spiritual wellness includes a person's ability to seek a universal value system and take time out of their day for spiritual growth and learning. They have a sense of right and wrong, and they act accordingly. The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose, while appreciating that which cannot be completely known. Being spiritually well does not mean being religious. It refers to pondering the meaning of life and being tolerant of the beliefs of others and not being close minded or intolerant.
  • Nourish yourself through personal beliefs, morals, and/or religion.
  • Feel connected with one’s self and others.
  • Find purpose in life and meaning in the little things you do every day.
  • Develop a philosophy of life that you want to live by.
Environmental wellness refers to one's relationship to their surroundings that affect humans' wellness. It refers to living in harmony with earth by becoming aware of one's interactions with nature and the environment and the impact such interactions have.
  • Appreciate and respect the environment.
  • Do your part to preserve and improve environmental conditions.
  • Have a place where you can go to relax and chill out.
  • Whether it's at home or work, have a welcoming space for you and others to feel comfortable in.
  • Colors can be a great way to spice up an area - decide which ones light your fire.
  • Reduce noise and pollution.
Occupational wellness is simply the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time. Attitudes about work, school, and career goals greatly affect performance and interactions with others.
  • Find a job that you enjoy and work at it.
  • If your current job has you stressed, make sure to take time for yourself to calm down.
  • Attempt to build your skills for excelling in the workplace.
  • Maintain a healthy balance between work and recreation.
  • Visit the Campus Career Center to find a job that's right for you.
  • Talk to your co-workers about any problems you might have before a dispute happens.