Wellness is...

  • a mindset
  • a way of life
  • taking responsibility for the quality of your life
  • a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle
  • a commitment to creating a full and balanced lifestyle

Living Well promotes seven dimensions of wellness that provide a framework for helping students determine how balanced their lifestyle is at any given time. The wellness model fosters increased self-awareness while educating students about the many choices impacting their wellbeing. By understanding the interconnectedness among the dimensions of wellness, students can take action to create a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.

While not typically a dimension found in many wellness models, Living Well added "Diversity & Social Justice" because we believe that a commitment to understanding difference and seeking equity/justice in society are important factors contributing to wellbeing. We encourage students to consider how issues of diversity & social justice are intertwined throughout all the dimensions of wellness.

1 - Physical Wellness

• applying your knowledge, motivation, commitment, behavior, self-management, attitude, and skills toward achieving your personal fitness and health goals
• personal responsibility for your own health care
• taking a proactive role in maintaining/improving your health
• examples include: exercise, diet/nutrition, sleep, sexual health

2 - Emotional Wellness

• being aware and accepting of a wide range of feelings, both your own & feelings of others
• coping skills
• being realistic about your expectations &taking responsibility for your own behavior
• actively seeking help/support when needed

3 - Intellectual Wellness

• acquiring, developing, applying, and articulating critical, expressive, and intuitive skills
• learning through varied experiences-reading, writing, sharing, exploring
• questioning; exposing yourself to new experiences

4 - Spiritual Wellness

• finding meaning and purpose in life
• examining a variety of values & beliefs
• self-reflection
• defining personal values & ethics
• self-awareness
• connection—to one’s self & others

5 - Social Wellness

• interacting with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, lifestyles
• contributing time & energy in the community
• budgeting & balancing time to include both responsibilities & connections with others in various ways that meet your needs

6 - Environmental Wellness

• trying to live in harmony with the Earth
• understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment
• taking action to protect the world around you
• maintaining a healthy personal environment: keeping the company of healthy people, enjoying available recreational opportunities, engaging in environmentally responsible activities
• promoting & modeling a sustainable lifestyle
• creating health-supportive environments

7 - Diversity and Social Justice

• examining one’s own biases, prejudices, and assumptions
• constantly engaging in a process of examining and critiquing one’s own perspectives
• learning about the world by exploring, appreciating, and experiencing various cultural traditions, practices, values, and issues
• acknowledging difference and exploring the impact of these differences on life experiences
• having a sense of your own agency & learning to use yourself as the instrument for change
• developing a sense of social responsibility toward & with others
• seeking and supporting the equitable distribution of resources for all individuals in society