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Put well-being on your calendar!

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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:

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:

Intellectual wellness requires striking a balance between formal and informal learning.

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

Interacting with others, in ways that nurture genuine connections, fosters social wellness.

Students can become engaged on campus by

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

Vocational wellness is having a sense of personal fulfillment in our careers.

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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

Career Advising is just one way the Career Center supports students with professional readiness. They also assist with

If you’re striving for greater balance, try attending Manage Your Time to Manage Your Goals, a workshop offered through the Julia N. Visor Academic Center.

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!