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 truth in human existence. It is a process of discerning your personal values and beliefs about the world and your relationship with God. St. Mark's and Corpus Christi Colleges aim to provide a growth in knowledge and love for the Catholic faith and one’s personal relationship with God. See the Corpus Christi College Campus Ministry page to learn more about the support available you’re your spiritual wellness. See also the St. Mark’s Parish page to learn more about prayer events, daily mass times, and other faith opportunities. Aware that not all students are Catholic and we cannot meet all person’s spiritual needs, the Campus Ministry Team is committed to connecting you with people who can.
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 in academics to your daily life. If you are in need of academic support, make sure to talk with your Academic Advisor. For more information on Corpus Christi College’s commitment to student success, check out the Student Success page. See also St. Mark’s College Student Services page.
Regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and health care
Physical wellness encourages regular physical activity, proper nutrition, health care, and personal hygiene. 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. Making sure to take breaks from the books and getting enough hours of sleep are just as important to other aspects of wellness as well as physical wellness. See UBC Recreation and UBC Student Health Services for more information on different activities available.
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 a self-knowledge on what causes you stress and how to prevent and manage these stresses 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, speak to an advisor or talk to one of our Campus Life and Ministry team members. Did you know that students also have free access to Counselling Services at UBC and AMS Peer Support? There are many options available to all students who want to maintain emotional wellness.
Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, Care for Our Common Home, states that “the urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (17). There are many opportunities on UBC Campus to get involved in developing a more sustainable lifestyle, such as joining a student group dedicated to protecting our environment and our future. See Sustain UBC for more details. Supporting the local farmers market is also a great way to have a positive impact on the environment. Check out UBC Farm and see how they are supporting environmental wellness.
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 get involved in the activities that you enjoy. Corpus Christi College and UBC have many groups and clubs that encompass a wide range of interests. To get connected with the SMC and CCC community, try joining a club, sports team, the Corpus Christi Student Association, or the Wednesday choir.
For more information visit the Groups & Clubs page. See the AMS Clubs page for a list of more groups and clubs to get involved in. For a list of some of UBC’s groups and clubs, see the for more information. To stay connected, check out our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.
Social wellness is important to your mental health and to your academic life, but finding a balance can be difficult. Read our blog post on balancing your academic and social life for some tips and tools on finding that balance.
Paying for your education can be the most challenging part of going to university or college, and managing your money becomes extremely important. Financial wellness means avoiding major student debt while still investing in your own future. It can also mean careful spending while still being able to enjoy doing what you love. In order to help students to maintain financial wellness, Corpus Christi offers Financial Aid and Scholarships and also many opportunities for Jobs, Volunteering, and Service Learning.