Stage of Life Wellness
There are many theories about human development and the stages of life we must all pass through to have a life well-lived. You also have your unique views on what you want (and ought) to get out of this stage of life. Whatever your perspective on life, one thing is certain: you're bound to encounter new experiences that challenge and, hopefully, help you to grow.
Stage of life wellness refers to the feeling of thriving in your current life circumstances and looking forward to what comes next. Stage of life wellness encompasses the alignment between your desires and your actions, clarity in who you are and what you stand for, and feeling capable of meeting the ups and downs of life.
Whatever your life stage, seeking out new and formative life experiences, sharpening your problem-solving and decision-making skills, and building self-awareness enhance your 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. To do this, you might take on new roles in school, work, or clubs, engage in deeper conversations with friends and mentors, or explore new wellness practices. It's also beneficial to take the time to get to know your habits and patterns of navigating the world around you.
Your academic career is a time of tremendous growth in and out of the classroom. If you're a student, you know all too well about the academic side of school, but many students overlook the personal leaps they're also making. Take the time while you're here to get to know yourself, your interests, and your values. Make this a lifestyle choice you bring with you after graduation.
Tips for Building Stage of Life Wellness
No matter what age or stage of life brings you here, college and graduate/professional school are times of growing independence and individuality. For traditional students, this is the stage of your life when you're developmental task is to figure out who you are, how you're different from your parents or friends, and what path you want to follow. This is also the time when you face new life experiences, often on your own. For nontraditional students, this is also a time of honing your self-awareness and fine-tuning your unique viewpoint.
Whether you're learning what "adulting" means to you, finding your own voice, or navigating this leg of your life journey while keeping a full-time job and family in the balance, embracing the spirit of individuality and independence can boost your stage of life wellness.
Explore these articles on building independence and embracing your individuality:
Developing a Self-Reliant Mentality on the Art of Manliness
Heading Out On Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days on the Art of Manliness
How to Embrace Your Individuality and Enrich Your Life on Solve Your Problem
What Is Self-Reliance and How to Develop It on Positive Psychology
Why Having Your Sh*t Together Is Overrated and Misunderstood on Tiny Buddha
6 Ways to Be More Self-Sufficient on Bustle
Everyone learns and grows at their own pace and along their unique path. It's tempting to compare yourself to friends and measure yourself against an external benchmark of success, but this can often lead us astray. While you can absolutely learn through comparison, such as through role models, comparison itself isn't a great measure of success, worth, or happiness. To boost your stage of life wellness, keep the focus on your path and what you uniquely want and need in life. If and when you do compare yourself to others, keep that comparison grounded in the knowledge that we all have our own journey through life.
Explore these articles and resources about following your own path:
Actually, We Do Deserve Accolades for Adulting on Greatist
How to Create a Timeline: The Power of Reworking Your Life's Story on Psych Central
I'm 25 and Completely Lost, and Here's Why That's Okay on Thought Catalog
Make Your Own Success Timeline on Medium
5 Reasons to Go Back to College After 50 on Forbes
7 Reasons to Follow Your Own Path on Psychology Today
Commit to being a lifelong learner and enjoy the rewarding boost in stage of life wellness. To be a lifelong learner, engage your curiosity and sense of wonder as if you were a child. Learn about the world from your backyard to the other side of the globe. Take advantage of the people and experiences available right next door. Make your exploring your interests an important part of your life, and remind your inner critic that there is value in doing things for the sake of exploration if it tells you you're "wasting time."
Explore these articles and resources to become a lifelong learner:
How to Be a Lifelong Learner on Greater Good Magazine
How to Get the Most Out of College on NY Times
How to Never Stop Learning by Rowena Tsai
The Curious Person's Guide to Learning Anything TEDx Talk by Stephen Robinson
The One Habit You Need: How to Set Systems (vs. Goals) by Rowena Tsai
Life is full of ups and downs, and no one is immune to that. But many of us believe that there is only one way to be successful and view failure as something that shouldn't happen. Your perspective shapes your world and, ultimately, your life. So, consider how your perspective is shaping yours. Does your mindset following a challenge pick you up or put you down? Do you feel motivated or defeated when the road toward an important goal gets hard?
Even when nothing else is in your control, you do have the power to change your perspective. Shift your perspective on success, failure, and negative events to give yourself a break from all the pressure and boost your stage of life wellness.
Explore these articles and resources for changing your perspective:
Changing Our Perspective of Failure on Meditopia
Change Perspective to Change Your Fear of Failure on Psych Central
Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert
Talks to Watch When Every Conceivable Bad Thing Has Just Happened To You TED Talk Playlist
The Line Between Success and Failure TED Talk Playlist
Your comfort zone is the way of life that feels safe and familiar. We all desire security, and a comfort zone is a healthy way to create that. The trouble is, much of life exists outside of that zone. A great way to enhance your stage of life wellness is to take a look at the limitations of your comfort zone and find small ways to move beyond it. This is not to say that you should never let yourself feel comfortable or must always choose the hardest possible option. Doing less can be just as courageous as doing more. Rather, it benefits your wellness to take the steps that allow you to expand in alignment with what you want in life.
Think about the skills you want to learn or the experiences you want to have. Think about the things you always thought would be fun or interesting to try. Chances are, they carry with them a risk of discomfort, disagreement from others, or failure. Dare to challenge yourself, even if only with a baby step outside of your comfort zone. You never know, your comfort zone might expand to fit the new you.
Explore these articles and resources to inspire your courage:
For Those Who Want to Break Out of Their Shell TED Talk Playlist
The Beautiful Balance Between Courage and Fear TED Talk by Cara E. Yar Khan
The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman TED Talk by Janell Hobson
We're All Hiding Something. Let's Have the Courage to Open Up. TED Talk by Ash Beckham
100 Things to Do Outside Your Comfort Zone on Hey Kendra
Online Resources for Your Stage of Life Wellness
Curious. Learn something new every day.
Greater Good in Action Discover new science-based positive psychology practices for happiness and thriving in life.
Magoosh Vocabulary building app.
TED TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
UA Landmark Stories YouTube Channel Award-winning documentary team that believes in the power of sharing our discoveries, struggles, and life lessons.
Values in Action (VIA) Survey of Character Strengths A free scientific survey to uncover your personal strengths. Used by positive psychology researchers and therapists.
Campus Resources for Stage of Life Wellness
There are many ways to get involved for leadership, recreation, sports, and more.Get Involved at UA
You possess unique and extraordinary strengths, and it's our job at Campus Health to help you discover and use them.Resilience-Building Resources
Residence Hall Association
Get involved with residence hall and campus life.Residence Hall Association
Mindful Ambassadors is a group of student volunteers who receive ongoing training in select mindful practices and how to present these practices. Ambassadors go to various venues on campus to present brief Mindful Moments – classrooms, residences halls, sorority and fraternity houses, campus clubs and organizations, and other campus programs, during which they are invited to present.Get Involved with Mindful Ambassadors
Career & Leadership Tools
Build Skills and Have Fun
Our Favorite Sites and Resources for Wellness
Good Good Good A newspaper, newsletter, and podcast about the good news in the world.
Greatist Covers the health and wellness stuff that matters — plus anything else that's cool, important, or maybe even life-changing.
Help Guide Guides to improve your mental health and wellness.
Living Wild source for wellness tips published by the Health Promotion and Preventive Services department at UA Campus Health Service.
Mindful A nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. Resources include articles, videos, and online courses on mindfulness.
Take Charge of Your Well-Being in 2020 Tips and resources by UA Campus Health Service Health Promotion and Preventive Services
The Minimalists Podcast, books, and films that focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom.
My Wellness Coach App by the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.
Very Well Fit Library of more than 6,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, that has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers, and then vetted by board-certified physicians.
Very Well Health Award-winning library of more than 18,000 pieces of content, written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced doctors, nurses, and patient advocates, and is vetted by our panel of board-certified physicians.
Very Well Mind Online library created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced doctors, therapists, and social workers, and then vetted by board-certified physicians.
Well Wellness articles by the New York Times.
Well and Good Articles, talks, and workouts about living a well life, inside and out.
Whole Life Challenge Blog Articles on improving health, happiness, and overall connectedness