The World Health Organization defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The University of Mary Washington defines wellness as the state of being in balance within the six dimensions of wellness: Spiritual, Mental, Financial, Social, Physical, and Occupational. Research shows that one’s ability to thrive as an employee, a student, and as an organization depends on their level of wellness. Wellness is a state to work towards and is ever evolving.
At the University of Mary Washington, the President’s Council on Wellness has been tasked with providing information, opportunities, and education to promote a culture of wellness throughout our community.
UMW defines six dimensions of wellness in the following ways:
Dimensions of Wellness
Taking steps to identify one’s values and beliefs in order to expand one’s sense of purpose and to find meaning in their life. Keeping an open mind and demonstrating tolerance towards others.
Key Words: Values, Beliefs, Meaning
Combining the elements of emotional well-being and intellectual curiosity, mental wellness includes being attentive to one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; positive or negative. Having the ability to approach life optimistically and with resiliency despite life’s inevitable disappointments. Seeking out ways to expand one’s knowledge and skills.
Key Words: Emotional, Intellectual, Mindful, Resiliency
Striving to live a life within one’s means and taking steps to ensure one’s finances are prepared to support them in both the short and long term.
Key Words: Security, Budgeting, Invest
Fostering a sense of connection and belonging with others. Involves using good communication skills, respecting oneself and others, and creating and maintaining a well-developed support system.
Key Words: Support, Community, Connections, Communication, Fun!
Taking care of one’s body by partaking in healthy practices such as exercise, a nutritious diet, and getting adequate sleep. Acknowledging the importance of one’s physical surroundings and taking an active role in sustaining it.
Key Words: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Environment, Nature
Finding purpose and fulfillment in one’s professional journey while working to maintain balance between personal and work-life.
Key Words: Purpose, Balance, Fulfillment
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