What is Wellness?

“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), wellness is “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Why Wellness Matters?

Wellness matters because everything we do and every motion we feel all correlates to our well-being. Our well-being directly affects our actions and our emotions.

Dimensions of Wellness:

Emotional wellness

  • Requires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength.
  • Remind yourself to stay positive

Environmental wellness

  • Conserve energy
  • Recycle
  • Volunteer with environmental organizations
  • Awareness of earth’s natural resources
  • Spend time outdoors

Financial wellness

  • Identify financial issues before they start
  • Keep organized records of your finances
  • Take advantage of student discounts
  • Plan ahead & set budget goals
  • Balance your other dimensions of wellness

Intellectual wellness

  • Be open-minded
  • Be a listener
  • Choose a hobby
  • Travel
  • Explore different avenues of creativity

Occupational wellness

  • Explore both paid/unpaid jobs that interest you
  • Practice open communication
  • Set realistic career goals

Physical wellness

  • Engage in physical activity for 30 min each day
  • Utilize stairs instead of elevators
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Control your meal portions
  • Get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night
  • Practice safe sex

Social wellness

  • Keep in touch with supportive friends and family
  • Practice self-disclosure
  • Join a club/organization
  • Participate in group discussions

Spiritual wellness

  • Explore your inner self
  • Practice acceptance
  • Spend time meditating
  • Look for a religious faith that you agree in
  • Be curious

References:

https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/what-is-wellness