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Navigating Your Wellness at GVSU


We acknowledge your life as a student. We understand the stresses and challenges, and we know that you're not alone. Knowing that and caring about your individual well-being and your experience as a student, we invite you to prioritize yourself and your well-being. 

What does that mean, exactly? 

At GVSU, we define well-being as an optimal and dynamic state that allows people to achieve their full potential. By focusing on the whole person and the whole community, well-being becomes a shared goal and a shared responsibility. Understanding the 8 dimensions of wellness can help guide your personal well-being during your college experience, and wherever else you may go. 

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8 Dimensions of Wellness at GVSU

8 Dimensions of Wellness

What are these dimensions we're talking about?
Recreation & Wellness is here to support you on your journey to health and well-being. A model was created that identifies 8 key dimensions of wellness. Learning about the 8 Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life. Use this model and the university resources available to help you on your journey to wellbeing. ​​​​​​​

Each dimension button below helps you understand what they mean by providing definitions and resources within each that will help you on your journey. 

Emotional Wellness is accepting a wide range of emotions and effectively coping through challenges.

Environmental Wellness is sustaining safe, clean, and healthy environments where we live, work and play.

Financial Wellness is developing understanding, skills and behaviors to allocate money based on personal necessities and desires.

Intellectual Wellness is fostering curiosity, seeking knowledge, and embracing lifelong learning.

Occupational Wellness is exploring opportunities and contributing to society while finding balance and personal satisfaction.

Physical Wellness is knowing your body and providing what it needs for health, healing, and energy.

Social Wellness is cultivating supportive relationships and community through genuine connection and belonging.

Spiritual Wellness is discovering a sense of purpose and meaning derived from your personal values and beliefs.

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Recreation & Wellness is a department in the Division of Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University.

Page last modified March 12, 2024