Pathways to Wellness
GPS for Your Life
How do you define wellness?
Is it physical fitness and health? Or maybe happiness? What about a rich personal life? Or maybe a feeling of energy, peace, or freedom?
Your definition of wellness is as unique as your fingerprint, built over your lifetime through life experiences, good and bad, relationships, summer jobs, close calls, and spectacular home runs. Your ever-refining personal preferences and tastes shape your idea of wellness, as does your ever-changing body and ever-growing mind.
Thinking about what it means to be well now, it was probably hard to decide. That's because wellness is encompasses everything. It’s the complete picture of you. It’s your health, your happiness, your home life and work life, your environment, financial stability, job satisfaction, intellectual stimulation, and everything in between.
And as you can imagine, what makes one person well might make another feel exhausted or bored or lonely. That’s even true for you from one day to the next. What you need to be well today might be different from what you need to be well tomorrow.
Life keeps on moving, and your needs move right along with it. So, it helps to think of wellness as a dynamic process to flow with rather than a static state to achieve. Wellness, then, is the process of paying attention, learning, and making the choices that help you live a healthy and fulfilling life.
So...where do you begin?
Wellness, in all its complexity, can be simple to understand when you know the common needs we all share. These are known as domains of wellness. Think of these as the building blocks to a healthy, happy, thriving life. Getting to know where you stand, what you want, and what you need in each domain helps you pick and choose the pieces that will forge your unique wellness path.
In Pathways to Wellness, you can explore these wellness domains:
Your personal pathway to wellness can begin anywhere, depending on what’s working and what you’d like to improve in your life. And the steps along your path can take you through these domains in a pattern that’s unique to you.
How it works:
- Complete the Personal Wellness Plan exercise to identify a starting point and create wellness goals or simply scroll down to browse the domains of wellness below.
- Browse the tips and resources for your chosen domain(s) using the links below or through the Personal Wellness Plan exercise.
The Pathways to Wellness Domains:
Browse the tips and tools for each domain of wellness. Think of each as a virtual goodie bag filled with articles, videos, infographics, and helpful links to boost your wellness in any area. We're always adding more, so check back often!
Academic wellness encompasses all things school, time, and graduation. It includes satisfaction in your program, performance in classes, relationships with instructors, and progress toward graduation.Academic Wellness Tips & Resources
How you feel and how you respond to those feelings are central to your emotional wellness. Emotional wellness includes both positive emotional experiences and responding to life's challenges and the painful emotions that may arise.Emotional Wellness Tips & Resources
Environmental wellness refers to your sense of safety, comfort, and connection with your physical surroundings. Environmental wellness can be enhanced by living more in harmony with the planet and your community.Environmental Wellness Tips & Resources
Financial wellness includes your earning, spending, and saving. When you engage in proactive and responsible financial practices and feel secure in your financial situation, you feel a boost in your financial wellness.Financial Wellness Tips & Resources
Interpersonal wellness refers to your daily interactions, the qualities of your relationships, and your satisfaction with time spent interacting with others. Feeling seen and understood, finding harmony between solitary and social time, and having a general sense of belonging can all enhance interpersonal wellness.Tips & Resources for Interpersonal Wellness
Occupational wellness encompasses job satisfaction, performance, and professional development. Feeling valued at work, experiencing a sense of accomplishment with your work, and seeing a purpose in what you do can all enhance occupational wellness.Occupational Wellness Tips & Resources
Physical wellness refers to your experience of inhabiting your body. It can include physical activity, nutrition, routine medical care, and your sense of vitality.Tips & Resources for Physical Wellness
Spiritual wellness is about a sense of connection to something larger than yourself, values, meaning, ethics, or faith. When we are spiritually well, we feel in tune with our inner self as well as our shared humanity.Spiritual Wellness Tips & Resources
Stage of Life Wellness
Life skills and experience, problem-solving and decision-making, and self-awareness enhance stage of life wellness. To build your stage of life wellness, get to know your personal strengths while also seeking the constructive feedback and learning experiences that will help you thrive in life.Stage of Life Wellness Tips & Resources
Your Wellness Journey Begins Wherever You Are Today