What does wellness mean to you? How important is your own wellness? Wellness plays an integral part in maintaining good health. It’s crucial to find balance in all aspects of wellness. Being physically, mentally and spiritually well all contribute to positive well-being and can keep you on track to maintaining balance in your life. Use these five components of wellness to help maintain your own.
Wellness tips and resources
Mental wellness is about strengthening emotional ties and accepting and exploring who you are. This involves enhancing your inner resources and coping strategies to reduce stress and maintain a positive outlook.
- Surround yourself with supportive and accepting people.
- Ask for help when you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Use positive coping strategies to maintain balance.
- Use your resilient qualities to be in the present moment.
Intellectual wellness involves creating a stimulating environment that allows an individual’s intellectual capacity to grow and flourish through academics, scholarly activities and knowledge transfer.
- Schedule study time in advance.
- When studying, set a timer for breaks.
- If you are unsure about courses and program requirements, meet with your academic adviser.
- Use a day planner or calendar to track due dates.
- Explore features on your Brock portal for tutors, advising appointments, exam schedules, etc.
Environmental wellness plays a crucial role in the development of one’s self and can refer to any physical environment we find ourselves. In order to thrive in the external environment, we need to sustain, protect, preserve and constantly improve our communities. It’s important to be aware of our personal impact and contributions to the environment.
- Get involved in a community group that supports an inclusive community.
- Be proactive in sustaining a clean environment – reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Be conscious of how much printing you are doing. Try to use online resources.
- Be aware of your physical environment both on and off campus.
- Practice being a good neighbour. Take your garbage cans in on time and maintain cleanliness outside.
Financial wellness means being aware of your finances and using the proper resources and tools to manage them accordingly.
- Create a budget.
- Make payments on time.
- Apply for scholarships and bursaries.
- Track spending.
- Use credit wisely – pay for most purchases using cash or debit.
Spiritual wellness means building and developing the mind-body connection in order to foster and sustain personal growth and to support mental, physical and emotional wellness.
- Stay connected
- Develop compassion and kindness
- Respect others and your environment
Connections and support
- Maintain relationships and make new ones.
- Focus on connecting with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, school, work and in the community.
- Invest time in developing and maintaining these relationships. Use them as a foundation in your life.
- Support and enrich your day by having fulfilling relationships and meaningful connections.
- Walk, run or just be active. It doesn’t have to be about being fit.
- Discover new ways to make yourself feel good.
- Explore campus and community resources to find a physical activity that best suits you and add it to your daily physical routine. This can improve your level of mobility and fitness and, most of all, makes you feel good doing it!
- Get involved
- Start slow – do something nice for a friend or stranger.
- Thank someone
- Volunteer or join a community group.
- Look out for others.
- Discover meaningful connections to others.
- Create your own happiness through seeing happiness in others.
Keep learning / Further opportunities
- Try something new. Brock has so much to offer.
- Find a club that suits your interest.
- Further yourself in your academic environment.
- Explore a new activity in the community.
- Attempt a new challenge or build a new skill like cooking.
- Learning new things will increase your self-confidence and is always fun.
Take notice / Be mindful
- Be present in the current moment. Reflecting in the present moment will bring gratitude and appreciation.
- Be curious and go the extra mile in your exploration of life.
- Ask yourself, “What does this moment require of me?”
- Mindfulness will strengthen relationships and communication.
- Recognize and observe the beauty in your surroundings.