Seven Dimensions of Wellness

The seven dimensions of wellness is an approach to living a healthy and balanced life by recognizing the influences on our well-being. Each dimension listed here is being considered individually but it is important to recognize that the dimensions are not independent of one another: they are interconnected. This means that factors affecting one dimension will often affect others.


Emotional Wellness

3 Wellness Education Centre volunteers having fun because we're very fun and friendly people!

Your willingness to be aware and accept a wide range of feelings in yourself and others. An emotionally-well person can freely express and manage their feelings, thoughts, and behaviour. An emotionally-well person functions autonomously, yet is aware of personal limitations and understands the value of seeking support and assistance.

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Environmental Wellness

Wellness Education volunteers give a demonstration at a pep rally to promote environmental stewardship.

Your willingness to actively participate in and contribute to efforts to protect and renew the environment. An environmentally-well person recognizes the importance of individual efforts in preserving the environment through recycling, energy conservation, careful product selection, etc.

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Intellectual Wellness

A group of Wellness Education Centre volunteers wearing various costumes that describe sexuality and healthy living.

Your willingness to engage in self-directed behaviour, which includes continuous learning, development, creative application and articulation of critical thinking and expressive/intuitive skills and abilities. An intellectually-well person incorporates what is learned in the classroom with what is experienced outside the classroom in order to enhance their potential for living a more fulfilling life.

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Occupational Wellness

Do what you love and love what you do! A Wellness Education Centre volunteer hosts an informative ring-toss game during Orientation Week.

Your personal satisfaction and enrichment you experience through work. An occupationally-well person has integrated their commitment to work into a total lifestyle that is rewarding and seeks to express personal values through that involvement.

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Physical Wellness

We often host "Yoga on the Green" events where students can enjoy some relaxing physical activity in a friendly group setting.

Your willingness to pursue an active lifestyle. A physically-well person actively understands the relationship between nutrition, activity, performance, and health.

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Social Wellness

A large group of Wellness Education Centre volunteers, you're always welcome here!

Your willingness to actively participate in and contribute to the common welfare of your community. A socially-well person lives in harmony with fellow human beings, seeks positive interdependent relationships with others, develops healthy sexual behaviour, and generally works for harmony in both personal and community environments.

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Spiritual Wellness

A large group of students sitting peacefully in a circle on Johnston Green while someone gives a speech.

Your willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, to question everything, and to appreciate the things which cannot be readily explained or understood. A spiritually-well person seeks harmony between what lies within as well as the forces outside.

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Mental Well-Being

Visit the University of Guelph's Mental Well-Being website for more information on Mental Wellness, including how to help a friend in need, and quick tips on dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, relationship issues, and sleep issues. Also find other healthy living resources on campus and ways to get connected and involved in your campus community for overall mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Well-Being