Eastern Kentucky University takes a holistic approach to wellness by focusing on the 8 dimensions of wellness. Wellness is the journey to achieve optimal levels of physical and mental health. Wellness is individualized and comprised of eight components that work together to create a whole, well person.
Emotional Wellness: Effectively coping with life's ups and downs and creating meaningful and satisfying relationships with others.
I choose to talk about my feelings
I choose to express my emotions in a constructive way
I choose withhold my anger and not make impulsive reactions to stressors
I choose to enter and remain in healthy relationships for me and my partner
Environmental Wellness: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments. Environmental wellness extends beyond just "being green" but includes social and work environments.
I choose to recycle
I choose to ride a bike, walk or take public transportation
I choose to positively contribute to the protection and sustainability of the environment
I buy products made with "post consumer waste" materials
Financial Wellness: Satisfaction and security with your current and future financial circumstances. This may include debt management, budgeting, and smart investing.
I make and follow a monthly budget
I do not purchase items on credit I cannot afford
I use student loans for school-related purchases only
I save money each month to plan for the future
Intellectual Wellness: Active participation in scholastic, cultural, and community activities. Intellectual wellness also involves assimilating things learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
I challenge my mind to learn more than before
I question the status-quo and demand the facts
I disregard ignorance and focus on education
I am open to new concepts, ideas, perspectives and cultures
Occupational Wellness: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work. Maintaining a work-life balance.
I work toward a rewarding career path
I work at a company fitting with my core values and beliefs
I have a job allowing for a positive work-life balance
I get along with my co-workers
Physical Wellness: Maintaining a life filled with physical activity, nutritious foods, quality sleep, and avoiding high-risk behaviors like smoking.
I exercise on a regular basis
I maintain a balanced diet and regular sleeping habits
I choose to not drink excessively consume or abuse drugs
I choose to respect my body and practice safe sex
Social Wellness: Developing a strong sense of social connection, belonging, and support systems with others.
I seek and fulfill leadership roles that contribute positively to the community
I develop healthy relationships with friends
I pursue friendships with others sharing my common interests
I attend events on campus which interest me
Spiritual Wellness: Expanding a personal sense of purpose and living a meaningful life. Spiritual wellness is not the same as religious orientation.
I am fulfilled with my life
I choose or choose not to participate in a religion fitting MY belief system
I show compassion for the plight of others
I seek activities to provide a deeper sense o purpose in my life