Assessing your health using the Wellness Wheel can help you better understand how various areas of your life impact your overall health. The wheel has seven dimensions with common characteristics, identities, and behaviors. Each area of wellness impacts every other area, and an imbalance in one or more areas can cause illness of various kinds. Assessing needs in the seven areas can help you prevent future health problems and consequences by making healthier choices a habit and part of your everyday life. We are here to help you.
Physical wellness involves maintaining a healthy body. This includes exercise, nutrition, sleep, preventative and urgent medical care, and sexual health. We provide you with educational materials, high impact programs, and individual wellness coaching sessions on areas of physical wellness. Direct medical care on campus is provided by Health Services.
Emotional wellness is influenced by how you feel. College is a stressful experience, and students of all ages can feel overwhelmed at times. Relationship status, family issues, and personal history can impact your emotional health in various ways. Developing stress management strategies, a strong support system, effective time-management, and good physical health can help you to improve and maintain your emotional wellness. It is also important to ask for help when things are difficult or overwhelming. Our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department is an important resource for all students.
Spiritual wellness involves engaging in practices that will help you to understand your place in the world, as well as your personal beliefs, values, and ethics with which you guide your life. These practices may include a particular religious tradition or faith community, spending time outdoors in nature, or exploring your spirit through reading, writing, meditating, yoga, or other individual exploration. There are a number of religious communities on and near our campus, for example:
Environmental wellness means taking care of both your personal surroundings and the local and global environment. Whether you are choosing to beautify your personal spaces, recycling, or bringing awareness to environmental issues, actively engaging with your environment can improve your health and that of the people around you. For assistance and information about campus environments, contact: The Office of Residential Life or the Facilities Department.
Financial wellness is not just about being able to pay for college, but educating yourself and taking responsibility for your financial future as well. Creating a budget, living within your means, and being a savvy consumer can all add to your financial wellness. For information about tuition resources, contact the Office of Financial Aid. For help finding a job now and planning for your career in the future, contact Career Services.
Much of the college experience focuses on intellectual wellness, not only by working toward a degree, but also by staying curious and engaging in learning new things. The goal is to become a lifelong learner by engaging in creative and mentally challenging activities. Your academic advisor and professors are always available to help you increase your intellectual wellness. Another great resource for assessment and tutoring is the Student Success Center.
Being in college provides a unique opportunity to meet people from around the world and share experiences with them. When you participate in the University of Hartford community, you are developing and nurturing healthy relationships. This social network can celebrate the joyful moments in your life with you, and offer you support and guidance when things are difficult or stressful. If you are not sure where to start building your social network, check out the Student Government Association and go through the Clubs and Organizations Index.