Seven Dimensions of Wellness
Select a dimension from the “Wellness Wheel” to view what each dimension entails as well as tips and resources for each.
Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings and encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with both nature and your personal environment.
Engage in environmentally responsible activities, keep the company of healthy people, and maximize personal harmony with the Earth while minimizing harm to it.
Tips and Resources
Be a part of the process of environmental wellness.
Appreciate and respect the environment.
Do your part to preserve and improve environmental conditions.
Have a place that you can go to relax, chill out.
Whether it’s at home or work, have a welcoming space for you and others to feel comfortable in.
Colors can be a great way to spice up an area — decide which ones light your fire!
Reduce noise and pollution.
Keep yourself and others safe — like buckling up
Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. It involves respecting your body’s own uniqueness and diversity. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, taking steps to prevent illness and recognizing signs and symptoms of illness and seeking out appropriate assistance in reaching optimal health.
Play with your kids, walk your dog, cook with friends/family, train for an event.
Tips and Resources
Walk more! Invest in a pedometer (one that’s more than $12 is your best bet) and push yourself to walk 10,000 steps each day for optimum health benefits. View a map of campus walk route map of campus walk routes (pdf) (with step counts!).
Tips for Increasing Your Steps
- Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend.
- Walk the dog.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Park farther from the store.
- Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding.
- Plan a walking meeting.
Join an Intramural Sports team.
Drop in on a Group Fitness class.
Let the Campus Rec Personal Trainers help you reach your goals.
Stop by one of the Wellness Zone Check-Ups.
Looking to learn more about proper nutrition, fitness, and athletic injuries, but not willing to surrender more of your life to classes? The SportWell Center provides individualized appointments according to your schedule.
Turn to the professionals at McKinley Health Center. Check-ups, shots, exams — these can be critical to maintaining your physical health. Find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and schedule a physical exam annually.
Quit smoking! Your body will thank you. There’s tons of help online!
Think about your alcohol habits. While a moderate intake of alcohol is known to have certain health benefits, excessive drinking is a serious risk factor that can escalate your likelihood of developing a number of disease and conditions. The Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO) is a department of the Counseling Center with collaborative sponsors that include McKinley Health Center. Confidential appointments can be made to help you assess and address problems related to problematic alcohol and/or drug use.
Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways. It involves developing an inner connectedness and harmony between yourself and the universe.
Take “quiet time” to meditate, think or just breathe.
Tips and Resources
Beliefnet is the largest spiritual web site. Independent, and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement, the only agenda is to help you meet your spiritual needs. This site aims to help people like you find, and walk, a spiritual path that will bring comfort, hope, clarity, strength, and happiness.
Another great resource is the Spirituality and Health web site.
Facilitate a connection with yourself and others.
Nourish yourself through personal beliefs, morals, and/or religion. Develop a philosophy of life that you want to live by. Find purpose in life and meaning in the little things you do everyday.
Make a list of what you value most in life and keep it somewhere to reflect upon.
Meditate, pray, practice visualization, and/or maintain a yoga routine.
Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and involves lifelong learning. It encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural and community activities.
Take classes offered in your community, participate in something contrary to your strengths and comfort level.
Tips and Resources
Explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning. Identify your potential, your strengths, and you’ll discover your “life mission.”
Check out the Counseling Center’s self-help brochures that discuss time management and provide additional resources. And there are always workshops provided by The Counseling Center (see web site for current schedule).
Would you believe that there exists a National Association for Self-Esteem? Well NASE does exist, and their web site has an array of material available relating to self-esteem and you.
Recognize and value learning as a life-long process.
Take a class outside your typical major or minor courses; these new opportunities may offer you different experiences, and you may find outlets that are intellectually stimulating. Search for new classes in the course catalog.
Set and meet realistic goals academically, personally, and professionally. (Then, spoil yourself once you meet a goal!)
Read for fun! By choosing books just for fun, you not only learn about a subject or particular interest, you learn about how others express themselves.
Develop the curiosity of a child. Children have a knack for being curious about everything around them. Try to regain this curiosity about the world. You may be amazed by what you learn.
Social wellness is being aware of, and participating in, and feeling connected to your community. It helps you perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network. Social well-being is enhanced by establishing supportive social networks through meaningful relationships.
Make an effort to meet your neighbor or members of your congregation. Join or even form a club or team. Designate a night out with friends.
Tips and Resources
Join a Registered Student Organization.
Volunteer! Give back to your campus, community, and country!
Join Alpha Phi Omega, national service fraternity! Look into joining a fraternity or sorority.
Express your political opinion.
Take advantage of the incredible Arts and Culture offerings on campus.
Check out the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources.
Spread your social wings and meet some new people!
Roommate troubles? Work out your differences in a safe environment with the help of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution.
Enjoy the beauty of nature! Visit one of the many beautiful Champaign County Forest Preserves.
Join an Intramural Sports team. Campus Rec offers both team sports and individual events, allowing campus amateur athletes to show off their abilities in one or more areas — and form some lasting friendships — all while having a great time.
Pick up trash on your way to class.
Save energy. Shut down your computer if it is not in use. Switch those lights off before you leave. And do you really need that TV on when you’ve got your music blaring?
Study abroad! It will change your life!
Emotional wellness relates to an increased awareness, expression and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings in yourself and others. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences. Optimal emotional wellness helps you to develop satisfying relationships, positive self-esteem and resilience.
Take appropriate steps to cope with problems having to do with emotional wellness. Tune into your personal thoughts and feelings. Actively communicate your feelings. Create opportunities for valuable conversations and discussions.
Tips and Resources
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Counseling Center is a great resource on campus.
Turn to the Psychological Services Center (PSC), a mental health agency operated by the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois.
Sometimes it’s hard to admit that we need other people. Sometimes depression and suicidal thoughts contain a component of upset and anger towards the world and the people in it. Give yourself a chance to get help.
National Suicide Hotlines (available 24/7)
Mental Health Center of Champaign County Crisis Line
For faculty/staff, help is just around the corner with the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program.
Take a mental break. Treat yourself to a massage, immerse yourself in a bubble bath, find a quiet spot and meditate, journal.
Take time to notice the little things in life that you may usually overlook.
Express yourself through various means. Sketch, paint, sing, dance, take photographs, write. Allow yourself to be in the moment. Cry if you need to, laugh if you want to, all feelings are okay.
Stressed out? Get away from your work for a minute and go for a walk. Without a doubt you’ll be more productive once you get back to the books.
Vocational wellness is inclusive of interests, hobbies, employment, and volunteer work and can be nurtured by matching these areas with your core values. As you uncover your talents and passion, you express yourself to the world.