Based on the Dimensions of Wellness a study by Roger Williams University there are five main aspects of personal health: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual.  None of these areas should be neglected in order to maintain your overall wellness.

Physical

  • Light to moderate exercise, even half an hour a day, three times a week improves your health.
  • Choose healthier alternatives at the table, whether you cook at home or go out to eat, there are always ways to eat clean.
  • Avoid heavy drinking and have a glass of water in between drinks.  Be conscious about what you are drinking, sugary drinks and beer can be significantly higher in calories than vodka tonics, for example.
  • Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night.

Emotional

  • Change your attitude and maintain a positive attitude even in the toughest of times.
  • Manage your time wisely, it helps lower your stress levels
  • Talk to your confidant, don’t keep it inside, share your feelings with someone you trust
  • Seek professional help when you need it.

Social

  • Get involved.  Whether it’s in school or in your community, there are a variety of clubs and organizations that may interest you.  Better yet, become a volunteer!
  • Reach out to your support group, know who you can count on.
  • Recognize when you are in an unhealthy relationship.
  • Balance your social life with your academic and/or work responsibilities.

Spiritual

  • Meditate.  Meditation will bring your calm, inner peace, and wellness.
  • Become active in your church and/or volunteer.
  • Gratitude.  Be grateful for what the universe has given you.

Intellectual

  • Keep up with current affairs.
  • Never stop learning, read, or take up a foreign language, learn a new skill.