Wellness is as a positive approach to life that helps you reach your full potential. We are responsible for intentionally making choices that contribute to our well-being.
Dimensions of Wellness
There are six dimensions to wellness, including physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and environmental wellness. Important supplements to the dimension of wellness include financial and occupational wellness. For more information on the dimensions of wellness, tips to cultivate well-being and assessments check out the Wellness Wheel.
Tips for Wellness at Mason
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day-ideally in the morning to improve your mood throughout the day. As a student you have free access to incredible facilities including the Aquatic and Fitness Center, Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC), and Skyline Fitness Center. Check out Mason Recreation for more ways to be physically active on campus!
- Sleep enough to feel well-rested (generally seven to eight hours) but not too long (more than nine hours).
- Load up on natural foods that are red, green, and blue. Want more information on how to have the healthiest meal on campus? Check out Mason’s Dining Services website or meet with Mary Brown, our Resident Dietitian.
- Take time to understand your emotions and how they affect your everyday life. Visit Counseling and Psychological Services’ Self-Help Resource Library to learn how you can best manage your emotions and enhance your personal growth and academic skills
- If you begin to feel overwhelmed by your emotions, reach out to a friend or family member for support. Mason also has many professional resources to help you at Counseling And Psychological Services
- Practice optimism by smiling at least 20 times each day
- Find a major that you are passionate about so you can align your education with what is most important to you. Visit Academic Advising for a list of all the majors and minors Mason has to offer, and Career Services to help you discover how your values, skills, personality and interests relate to a major or career field
- Attend one of Learning Services’ many Academic Skills Workshops to improve your learning and study skills
- Make time each day for an activity you enjoy. This will give you a breather from studying and also help relieve stress throughout the semester. Visit Counseling and Psychological Services for help effectively managing your stress
- Explore your spirituality by asking yourself, “Where did I come from? Why am I here? Who am I?”
- Take time to cultivate inner peace by exploring meditation practices. Check out the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being’s practices
- Approach spirituality with a curious mind, expand your understanding by taking a philosophy class, religious class or talking to different faith groups on campus by checking out Campus Ministries
- Spend six hours a day socializing with friends, family and colleagues (this time includes class, work, home, phone, email and other communication)
- Change things up in your social world. You can shake up your routine by checking out Mason’s awesome programs on campus on the Today@Mason Calendar and through Student Involvement
- Mix social time with physical activity. For example, take a long walk around Mason’s Yellow Birch Walking Trail with a friend so that you can motivate each other to be healthy.
- Identify how you can contribute to your community based on your personal mission.
- Help make Mason a more sustainability community. Find out how you can make a difference through the Office of Sustainability (OoS).
- Opt in a community group or event. Even if you start small, start now. Consider joining one of the nearly 300 organizations on campus that peaks your interest or create your own through Student Involvement
- Manage financial stress by looking for opportunities for scholarships, grants and financial aid. For help check out The Office of Student Financial Aid
- Buy experiences-such as vacations and outings with friends or loved ones
- Spend on others instead of solely on material possessions
- Use your strengths every day! Unsure of what your strengths are? Check in with Career Services to find out
- Identify someone with a shared mission who encourages your growth. Spend more time with this person.
- Opt into more social time with the people you enjoy being around at work/school.
Benefits of Student Wellness
Individual wellness translates into communities bursting with well-being! Shane Lopez is a senior scientist in residence at Gallup. He found that students with a higher sense of well-being are more likely to be academically successful with higher GPAs and more completed credits (Lopez). As a result, individuals will be positive, engaged, and hopeful for the future. At Mason, SSAC mission is to help students explore their routes to wellness and provides support throughout the educational experience.References
Harter, J., & Rath, T. (n.d.). The five essential elements of well-being. Retrieved from http://www.careercoachondemand.com
Lopez, S. (n.d.). Student success measures. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/services/176666/student-success-measures.aspx