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Dimensions of Wellness

Good health and wellness are cornerstones to achieving  success in college and beyond. Wellness is an active process of pursuing health, personal growth, and a fulfilling life. It is not simply the absence of illness, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.

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Explore the Eight Dimensions of Wellness

The eight dimensions of wellness are a mutually interdependent, holistic approach to achieving well-being in your life. It is important to address each dimension, equally, to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Over time, disregard of one dimension can negatively affect other dimensions and ultimately overall health.

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Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness involves being aware of everyday feelings and emotions, both positive and negative, and learning to cope with the challenges life brings. Emotional wellness is the ability to accept your feelings and have an optimistic approach to allow growth from negative experiences.

Tips to Achieve Emotional Wellness

  • Stay positive
  • Ask or accept help when needed
  • Don’t suppress negative emotions
  • Accept mistakes and learn from them
  • Distance yourself from negativity

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Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness involves living in harmony with the physical and social environments that surround you. Your environment and the way you interact with it can have a huge impact on your overall health.  You should understand the world around you, how you live in harmony with it and the impact your actions have. Living an environmentally well lifestyle is respectful to your environment, while working to ensure the environment you work, live and play in are safe.

Tips to Achieve Environmental Wellness

  • Recycle
  • Spend time outdoors in nature
  • Conserve energy
  • Avoid second-hand smoke
  • Respect others in the environment around you
  • See something, say something

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Financial Wellness

Financial wellness is learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our overall wellbeing and being able to manage it will positively impact your health, your academic/work performance and your future. Financial decisions you make now can have a huge impact on your life for many years to come. Everyone’s financial situation is different, so it is up to you to find the right mix that works for you.

Tips to Achieve Financial Wellness

  • Live within your means
  • Make a budget and stick to it
  • Plan your meals wisely
  • Stay organized
  • Use student/faculty/staff discounts
  • Minimize student debt
  • Start saving

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Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is having a curiosity and strong desire to learn throughout your lifetime. It is the ability to open your mind to new ideas and experiences that can be used as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills and help you discover the potential for sharing your gifts with others.

Tips to Achieve Intellectual Wellness

Time Management

  • Set realistic expectations
  • Don’t overcommit
  • Make a “To Do List” and prioritize it
  • Use a calendar
  • Write it down
  • Keep a regular routine

Study Skills

  • Set aside time to study
  • Remove distractions
  • Get organized
  • Don’t procrastinate
  • Join a study group
  • Take breaks

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Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to achieve balance between work and leisure time. A career is a very important life choice.  Your attitude towards your career can play a major role in your overall wellness. A career should allow for personal satisfaction and enrichment in your life, focusing on finding something you excel in and are passionate about. Achieving occupational wellness also encompasses addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers.

Tips to Achieve Occupational Wellness

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Develop communication skills
  • Learn to resolve conflict positively
  • Treat co-workers with respect, no matter their role
  • Embrace diversity 
  • Time management
  • Find a balance between work, study, and leisure time
  • Pursue happiness

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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is practicing self-care for the needs of your body. This includes physical activity, balanced nutrition, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding harmful behaviors. Physical wellness also includes a personal responsibility to understand your body’s warning signs and recognize when you are ill and in need of medical attention.

Tips to Achieve Physical Wellness

  • Daily exercise
  • Strength training
  • Maintaining a balanced diet
  • Stay hyrdrated
  • Stretch daily
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Avoid liquid calories
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night
  • Get regular health screenings

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Social Wellness

Social wellness is developing a sense of belonging through meaningful connections and building positive relationships with others to feel connected as part of a greater community. Maintaining optimal social wellness allows you to have a social network that can offer support during difficult times, while increasing your self-esteem, emotional resilience, and preparing you to handle conflict properly. UNG has many opportunities for you to interact and get involved.

Tips to Achieve Social Wellness

  • Accept yourself
  • Have effective communication skills
  • Choose to be around those who believe in your goals
  • Support others on their goals
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Be positive
  • Practice good time management skills
  • Learn to disagree, in a positive and constructive way
  • Be open to new opportunities

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Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is the development of a mind-body connection to foster personal growth and help you remain resilient and better prepared to face life’s challenges. It is a personal journey to find peace and balance in your life that connects with your values and beliefs. Spiritual wellness may include prayer, meditation, affirmations, or specific spiritual rituals. Everyone should explore their own beliefs and discover their sense of meaning and purpose.

Tips to Achieve Spiritual Wellness

  • Practice acceptance
  • Look for a religious faith that you agree with
  • Spend time in nature
  • Meditate
  • Explore your inner self
  • Respect the values and beliefs of others

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