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Mental well-being is caring for ourselves holistically. It encompasses our mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, social, financial, and environmental health. To feel happy, healthy, socially connected and purposeful, we need to pay attention to all of the facets of our well-being. Often times, we look at just one component, like physical wellness to improve our health. But, we need to be paying attention to all these facets to truly care for our well-being and thrive. When one facet is not being cared for, it affects our whole body and the other facets of our well-being.
Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and to cope with the environment in order to live a long, productive and fruitful life (CDC). We use the term well-being to encompass positive outcomes and encourage everyone to continue to thrive and maintain their positive well-being.
As college students, you have many worries, stressors and unknown factors. This can all lead to stress, anxiety and potentially other areas of your life where you may feel unwell, tired and sick. This can lead to a drop in your academics performance, strained relationships, lack of quality sleep, mood changes, changes in appetite and other changes. To truly care for our whole selves, we must pay attention to all of the facets of our well-being as listed below.
When one of these facets is out of balance and/or we might not be doing as well as normally, perhaps due to extra stress, life events, relationships, etc. it will begin to affect our other facets of wellness. Each dimension of wellness can affect our overall quality of life. We encourage you to get familiar with each facet and understand where you are in your wellness journey to support your well-being and thrive.
Emotional well-being is accepting your worth, recognizing and expressing your feelings in healthy ways, and coping with life’s challenges. It is a dynamic state that fluctuates frequently with your other facets of well-being. It includes having the ability to love and be loved and achieving fulfillment in life.
Environmental well-being is understanding how your surroundings and community may impact your overall well-being and establishing environments that stimulate and support your health. It also consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment; including being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.
Financial well-being is understanding your current financial situation and planning for future financial health. Financial well-being can allow us to plan for the future while we are working towards these future goals.
Intellectual well-being is being actively engaged in creative and mentally stimulating activities in pursuit of lifelong learning. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do.
Physical well-being is maintaining a healthy quality of life through regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and restful sleep.
Social well-being is developing a sense of connection, belonging and creating and maintaining healthy relationships and a well-developed support system. Including, showing respect for yourself and others and contributing to your community and to the world; which builds a sense of belonging.
Spiritual well-being is expanding your sense of purpose and meaning in life. This may include understanding and exploring beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide your life.