What is wellness? Wellness is most importantly a choice to assume responsibility for one's quality of life. It is an active process that allows people to make positive choices in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is not simply the absence of disease, but a robust state of well-being that recognizes the existence and importance of the mind, body, and spirit connection. Today, many wellness models focus on achieving balance amongst several dimensions of one's life: intellectual, emotional, cultural, occupational, spiritual, physical, and social.
Some practical suggestions for balancing each life dimension are the following:
- Intellectual Wellness: have an open mind when encountering new ideas and concepts; attend an event or seminar on campus on a topic of interest.
- Emotional Wellness: work on understanding your emotions and using healthy coping skills for dealing with emotions; meet with a peer counselor through the Peer Leadership Council or visit with a counselor in Counseling Services.
Peer Leadership Council
- Spiritual Wellness: balance your inner needs with the demands of the outside world; consider visiting a faith group on campus or experiment with yoga at the Lambright Sports Center.
Yoga and other Group Exercise Classes at Lambright
- Occupational Wellness: do some research on your chosen major or attend career counseling labs or workshops through Counseling Services; find a part-time job or internship that fits well with your career path.
- Physical Wellness: maintain healthy eating and exercise habits; visit the Lambright Sports Center, join an intramural team, or visit the Student Health Center for your health needs.
Student Health Center
- Social Wellness: make time for social interaction with peers; find a student organization with which to get involved - there are over 150 student organizations on campus.
Student Government Association
- Cultural Wellness: attend events hosted by the International Student Office or Multicultural Affairs; purposefully get acquainted with those who are different from you-be open to diversity.
International Student Office