Dimensions of Wellness

While the exact dimensions of wellness vary, we believe the UVM Wellness Wheel encompasses the whole person. In order to achieve a state of wellness in your life it is important to consider each dimension. To discover the many opportunities available to you, be sure to select each dimension as your browse through our site.


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Emotional Wellness involves having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, and a strong sense of self. Self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of your inner-self are all vital to emotional wellness.


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Environmental Wellness involves living a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This includes being aware of the interactions between the environment, community, and yourself.


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Financial wellness can play a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it can impact our health and performance. Financial stress is a common source of anxiety. The ability to live by your means, keep track of expenses, and establish/stick to a budget are important to maximizing your financial wellness and preparing for potential short-term or long-term financial stressors.


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Intellectual wellness can be developed through academics, a professional career, cultural involvement, and personal hobbies. Strong intellectual wellness allows you to pursue the opportunities you enjoy the most, and expands your knowledge and skills while sharing them with others.


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Physical Wellness encourages the proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functionality. Overall physical wellness promotes the balance of physical activity, nutrition, and mental well-being to keep your body healthy. Taking care of your body is key for optimal health and functionality.


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Social Wellness refers to the relationships we maintain and how we interact with others. Building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships that lead to a genuine connection to those around you, as well as handling conflict appropriately, are all factors within social wellness.


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Spiritual Wellness lets us connect to our spiritual selves. This realm of wellness allows us to find meaning in life events, demonstrate our individual purpose, and live in ways that reflect our personal values and beliefs.