The Facts: 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Student Wellness Model

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.

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8 Dimensions of Wellness


The Dimensions Defined

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness involves expressing your feelings, adjusting to challenges, coping with the stress that life brings, and enjoying your life.

Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness involves feeling safe and being able to be safe in your current environment.  This includes spending time and having access to places that support your wellbeing like being outdoors in nature or going to class in a positive learning environment where you feel accepted and welcomed.

Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness includes things like your income, savings, and expenses as well as how you understand your financial situation and resources.

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual Wellness includes your educational journey through life including formal classroom learning as well as your hobbies or interests (students orgs, art, reading, learning a new sport, etc.) where you take part in discussions or conversations that you find interesting with others.

Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness is your involvement in activities like volunteering, employment, or career preparation.  It also includes your balance between these things and the time you have for things you enjoy like friends, exercising, or whatever you do to relax.

Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness is about having a healthy body from engaging in regular physical activity, sleep, eating nutritious foods, drinking responsibly, and routinely visiting your health care providers for regular check-ups.

Social Wellness

Social Wellness is about maintaining healthy relationships with your friends, family, and community.  It includes how you spend time in community with others, your social life, and meeting new people.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Wellness is about understanding your own values and beliefs and taking time to deepen your spirituality (perhaps by learning about other religions, using your beliefs to guide your decisions, or finding a peaceful place to reflect).