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We tend to think of 'wellness' or 'health' as eating right and exercising. While good nutrition and active living are important to our well-being, there are other aspects of our lives that contribute to our wellness.
The wellness wheel is an image and tool to demonstrate how the spiritual, emotional, physical, social and intellectual dimensions of our lives interact with one another and contribute to our overall wellness. Make sure you are taking time to care and tend to all aspects of your wellness. The relative balance you have in each wellness area helps define your overall level of health and wellness.
Click on the wheel to learn about the different aspects of student wellness.
Seeking meaning and purpose
Spiritual wellness involves a willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence. It is a process of discerning your personal values and beliefs about the world and your relationship to the world. St. Mark's offers a variety of services and opportunities for you to explore your spiritual wellness.
Intellectual wellness is about pursuing ongoing intellectual growth. It includes the desire to learn from your experiences and challenges as well as engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities. Part of your intellectual wellness is challenging yourself to become a lifelong learner and connecting the information you learn to your life. If you are in need of academic support, make sure to talk with your advisor. All Corpus Christi College students can have access to the UBC Chapman Learning Commons. This is a fantastic resource for those students seeking tutoring, study help, peer coaching and much more. If you are in need of academic support, or even if you just want to gain an edge in your studies, this should be one of the first places you visit! The Chapman Learning Commons is located on the UBC campus at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall. These services are available to students registered in the Student Success Program.
Regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and health care
Physical wellness encourages regular physical activity, proper nutrition, health care, and personal hygiene. It discourages dependence on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well. Staying active, eating well and tending to your physical wellness does not mean never eating dessert or going to the gym every day. It is about being mindful of your body by giving it the energy and care it needs. For different ways to stay active, eat well and get help with addictions or dependence on harmful substances, make sure to check out the opportunities and resources Corpus Christi and UBC have to offer. (See UBC Recreation and UBC Student Health Services; these services are available to students registered in the Student Success Program.)
Activities, athletics, and outdoor recreation at Corpus Christi
Finding ways to freely express and manage your own feelings
Emotional wellness involves an ability and willingness to accept a wide range of emotions in yourself and in others. It is finding ways to freely express and manage your own feelings as well as developing your own sense of worth based on your individual gifts, talents, interests and passions. It involves figuring out your stressors and how to prevent and manage stress in your life. If you feel especially overwhelmed by life and would like to talk to someone about it in a confidential and non-judgmental environment, visit Counselling Services at UBC (these services are available to students registered in the Student Success Program).
Career wellness is measured by your attitude about your work (versus the work itself). Nourishing your career health means knowing how your unique skills, talents, passions and personality contribute and come through the work you do. This is true in your job environment, in the hobbies you choose and in your volunteer roles as well.
Talent Egg is an extremely helpful resource for University grads looking to get a jumpstart on their career. There are fantastic articles in the incubator section of their website, as well as internship and job opportunities on their job board.
Another excellent resource at the UBC website is a page titled “What can I do with my major?” This page can give a student some ideas as to possible careers that will utilize your education. Perfect resource for those who are still in the process of discovering what they want to do.
Build, develop and foster relationships with others
Social wellness encompasses your ability to build, develop and foster relationships with others. It includes the ways you make and maintain friendships, interact with your family members and develop romantic relationships (including your sexual health). Social wellness is demonstrated by an ability to interact comfortably with others and generally works for peace within individual relationships and community settings. To get help and support in your relationships or to get sexual health information and resources, make sure to check out the Counselling and Health Services at UBC (these services are available to students registered in the Student Success Program). To get more connected with the Corpus Christi community, try joining a club, sports team, the Corpus Christi Student Association, the choir or talk with your advisor for additional resources and support.