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Health and Wellness

Recently, the Office of Student Life at BC3 sponsored our first ever Health and Wellness Community Day based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, adapted from a William and Mary University study in cooperation with the University of Maryland. One of the most important themes of the day was to promote the idea that wellness is much more than having your blood pressure taken and getting a lollipop. It is a concept that should reach into all aspects of your life, and it matters because everything we do and every emotion we experience relates to our overall well-being.

Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help you make wellness central to your everyday life, and put into practice ways to develop healthy habits.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:

  1. Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  2. Environmental—Good health can be achieved by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  3. Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  6. Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and adequate sleep
  7. Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  8. Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

Just talking about wellness isn’t enough, however. There are some practical steps you can take to get started. Try beginning by breaking a bad habit you’ve acquired like smoking or spending too much time on social media. After this try to add a positive habit like volunteering or helping others in some way. Take time to relax and de-stress. When you get to the place when you feel like you have had enough, do something that lets you take a break, like taking a walk in the woods or getting together with friends. You should also try to get some kind of daily exercise and keep a positive outlook. BC3 offers a number of services and resources that can help with these issues as well.

You might want to visit these online sites or others for more advice on the subject:

 

Jerry Johnston, Admissions Representative/Business Relations