This dimension of wellness encourages creative and stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be inspired and active just as our bodies do. Being open-minded whenencountering new ideas, embracing challenges, and seeking out lifelong learning opportunities cultivate our intellectual wellness. Try learning a new language,reading, doing puzzles or build a new hobby to foster this dimension.
This dimension encourages us to develop a set of guiding beliefs, values, and principles that provide meaning and purpose to live our lives more authentically. Living in harmony with these values allows us to be more spiritually well and can be embodied in many ways including relaxation, meditation, yoga, volunteering, nature, the arts, music, prayer, religion and more.
This dimension involves living a life that is in harmony with our natural world and minimizes our harm to the environment. Engaging in socially responsible actions to conserve and protect the earth, reducing our ecological footprint and finding opportunities to enjoy our natural surroundings boosts our environmental wellness. This dimension also includes our social and built environment such as the safety of our neighborhoods and the organization of our homes and workspaces.
This dimension of wellness includes a number of protectivebehaviors including being physically active, eating well, getting enough sleep, attending routine medical check-ups and screenings, and engaging in safer sex. It also includes trying to avoid or limit harmful behaviors such as tobacco, drug and alcohol useand risky sexual behaviors.
This dimension is our ability to acknowledge and share our feelings in a constructive way. Focusing on self-care, self-acceptance and recognizing the spectrum of emotions we can experience allows us to build our emotional intelligence so that we can cope with life’s experiences in a healthy way and seek additional support when we are in need.
This dimension focuses on our ability to relate, connect and build relationships with others. Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with peers, partners, colleagues, family and friends contributes to our social wellness. This means building communication skills and trust, creating healthy boundaries and managing conflicts to help us create a supportive social network.
This dimension consists of learning and understanding how to successfully manage financial expenses. Our finances can be a common stressor during our college years with juggling student loans, bills, and other financial obligations. Learning how to build a budget and develop smart financial habits can help reduce financial burdens and improve our financial wellness.
This dimension focuses on finding personal fulfillment in our work or chosen career path. Our desire to make a positive impact in the organizations we work while finding balance between work, home and our personal lives supports this dimension. Utilizing our strengths and talents, and cultivating the growth of new skills, as we explore various career options and opportunities supports our development.