Dimensions of Wellness

well·ness \wel-n s\

1. an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing strategies to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle.

2. the quality or state of being in good physical, mental and emotional health, especially concerning balance.

UCA’s Five Dimension of Wellness:

  • Physical – Taking care of your physical health.
  • Emotional – Exploring your intellect and understanding of a healthy range of emotions.
  • Social – Participating in positive social relationships including friends, family and community.
  • Spiritual – Exploring meaning and purpose in your life to help in development of sense of self.
  • Intellectual – Stimulating mental activities that expand a person’s knowledge and skills both in the classroom and beyond.

Physical Wellness

What is it?

Physical wellness promotes the balance of physical activity, nutrition, and mental
well-being to keep a healthy body weight without undue fatigue or physical stress.
It involves the absence of illness by adopting healthful habits while avoiding or
minimizing risky behaviors.

Why is it important?

Being physically active is crucial to keeping your body in its top condition. A few
proven benefits of physical activity are strengthened bones and muscles, reduced
risk of disease and stroke, and more energy. It is important to nurture your body by
eating a well-balanced diet. Filling yourself with a variety of nutrients and vitamins
will not only help prevent illness, but will also keep your body functioning at its


Some ways to stay physically healthy?

  • Physical activity at least 30 minutes a day every day.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
  • Control meal portions and eat a variety of foods.
  • Manage Stress.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Go to the HPER, fitness classes, or intramural sports.
  • Receive preventative medical and dental care.
  • Get health screenings and immunizations.

Emotional wellness

What is it?

Emotional Wellness is having the ability to understand and accept how you feel
independently and interpersonally. It involves optimism, self-esteem, and self-


Why is it important?

Maintaining a healthy emotional life is important to overall health. Taking care of
your emotional health allows you to accept how you feel and grants you power over feelings. You are
able to form more desirable relationships with others and appreciate emotional


Some ways to stay emotionally healthy:

  • Take 10 minutes each day to unplug from phones, social media and your computer.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay on top of schoolwork.
  • Get eight hours of sleep.
  • Mediate or practice yoga
  • Make time to listen, not compete, with your friends.
  • Ask for help or see a therapist at the Counseling Center.

Social Wellness

What is it?

Social Wellness is the ability to successfully interact with people by developing
friendships, healthy sexual behaviors, or participation in the community. It
allows us to have relationships that can offer support and guidance.


Why is it important?

Social wellness allows you to build healthy relationships with others. Having a
supportive social network allows you to develop assertive skills and become
comfortable with who you are in social situations. Surrounding yourself with a
positive social network increases your self-esteem. It also enables you to create
boundaries that encourage communication, trust, and conflict management. In
addition, having good social wellness is critical to building emotional resilience.


Some ways to stay socially healthy?

  • Keep in touch with supportive friends and family.
  • Participate in group discussions.
  • Join a club or organization.
  • Attend our wellness programs.
  • Balance face-to-face interactions with online interations. 

Intellectual Wellness

What is it?

Intellectual wellness allows you to have an open mind or strong desire for new ideas,
challenges, and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group
interaction, and community betterment. I also encourages ongoing intellectual
growth, and creative yet stimulating mental activities which provide the foundation
to discover, process, and evaluate information.


Why is it important?

Intellectual wellness allows you to become more mindful and better-rounded. It
leads to exploration and stimulates curiosity. Curiosity is important because it motivates
you to try new things and develop an understanding of how you see the relationship
between yourself, others, and the environment.


Some ways to stay intellectually healthy?

  • Make academics a priority in your life.
  • Read for pleasure.
  • Stay updated on local and world news.
  • Choose a creative hobby.
  • Stay involved in the community.
  • Participate in Academic Services such as Tutoring and the Writing Center.
  • Visit the library regularly.
  • Communicate with your professors often.

Spiritual Wellness

What is it?

Spiritual Wellness is the willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human
existence; being open to diverse multi-cultural beliefs, religious faith, values, morals
and ethics that help guide your life. It also can mean knowing which resources to
use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life.


Why is it important?

Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning
and purpose in life. It  allows you to appreciate your life experiences for what they are, therefore creating


Some ways to stay spiritually healthy?

  • Practice acceptance.
  • Look for a religious faith that you agree with.
  • Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation.
  • Attend a worship service.
  • Get some “me” time.
  • Spend time in nature.


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