Put well-being on your calendar!
Welcome Incoming Redbirds,
You have arrived! We imagine you’re excited to start a new chapter of your life. Perhaps beyond entering higher education, you are relocating to a new town, living alone for the first time, or greeting a new roommate.
You have unpacked your belongings and taken a tour of the campus. Now what?
Put well-being on your calendar!
Take time to put things in place that will foster your well-being throughout the semester and your life. Focusing on the various dimensions of wellness creates an overall sense of well-being.
By developing our capacity for emotional wellness, we become more resilient, better able to cope with pressure, carry heavy workloads, and explore our emotions in healthy ways.
Emotional wellness encompasses one’s ability to
- Navigate changes, challenges, and setbacks
- Manage stress
- Grow and learn from experience
- Attend to emotions
- Extend kindness towards oneself
Increase your inner strength through these campus resources:
- Attend PAWSitively Stress Free.
- Make an appointment with Student Counseling Services.
- Drop in for a Feel Better Workshop or the SERC Self-Care Series.
- Download WellTrack, an interactive self-help therapy app
- Register for a Mindfulness Course.
Protecting, caring for, and living in harmony with the natural world are crucial aspects of environmental wellness.
Spending time in nature improves our health in numerous ways:
- Enhancing focus and concentration
- Improving quality of sleep
- Inspiring creativity
- Reducing stress
- Restoring energy
Increase your connection to nature on and around campus:
- Find out what items are recyclable in the area.
- Join the Renewable Energy Society.
- Walk, jog, or bike the Constitution Trail.
- Explore parks in Normal and Bloomington.
- Enjoy the Ewing Cultural Center’s garden.
- Attend Illinois State Horticulture Center events.
Intellectual wellness requires striking a balance between formal and informal learning.
- Join the Chess Club.
- Visit the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
- Academic Coaching is available at the Julia N. Visor Academic Center.
- Facilitate a peer-educated workshop for the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT) or Students Ending Rape Culture (SERC).
Taking personal responsibility for those things that promote a healthy body is a foundational aspect of physical wellness.
Physical wellness involves cultivating
- A healthy diet
- Awareness of physical limitations and boundaries
- Endurance, strength, and flexibility
- Safe sexual practices
- Quality sleep
On campus, you can
- Find personal training or group classes at the Student Fitness Center
- Pack your bags for adventure-based activities and trips
- Set up primary care at Student Health Services
- Get a free nutrition consultation at Health Promotion and Wellness
Interacting with others, in ways that nurture genuine connections, fosters social wellness.
Students can become engaged on campus by
- Taking the Communicating With Your Professors workshop, offered through the Julia N. Visor Academic Center
- Learning about student groups, campus departments, and local businesses at Festival ISU.
- Completing Safe Zone Training or attending a Lunch n’ Unlearn session through the Dean of Students Office.
- Joining the more than 2,700 students who are involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Spiritual wellness, which often provides a sense of purpose, tends to vary significantly from person to person.
Among the many ways people connect spiritually are
- Nurturing faith
- Joining a religious or spiritual community
- Reverence for nature
- Remembrance of loved ones
- Practicing gratitude
- Volunteering, serving others
- Finding forgiveness
On campus, students might promote their spiritual wellness by
- Sitting with the Meditation Club
- Taking a Mind-Body Class at the Student Fitness Center
- Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister
- Contacting the Campus Ministry Association, Chabad Jewish Student Group at ISU, Muslim Student Association at Illinois State, or Apostolic Christian Youth Group
Vocational wellness is having a sense of personal fulfillment in our careers.
We tend to find fulfillment, occupationally, when we
- Believe our work makes a difference
- Feel we are appreciated as valuable professionals
- Are able to utilize our unique skills, talents, and abilities
- Strike a balance between time spent alone, working, and socializing
The transition into higher education provides a unique opportunity to intentionally create lifestyle choices and habits that will enhance wellness. As the semester progresses, and there are more demands on time, prioritization of wellness related activities will become more critical. What isn’t scheduled may slip away. Ensure your daily habits reflect wellness goals by
Scheduling time for your well-being!