Become an FGCU Wellness Warrior with Prevention and Wellness!
At Prevention and Wellness, we encourage our students to be well-balanced individuals
by promoting the eight dimensions of wellness through various styles of outreach and
education. Being well balanced is an active process of making positive choices towards
a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. We want to support our students on this path
by highlighting various events that fit within each dimension of wellness!
How do I participate and what do I win?
Earn “Warrior” status by attending at least one event, table, or program related to
each dimension of wellness at the end of every semester! The events are posted on
Eagle Link at www.getinvolved.fgcu.edu. Sign into Eagle Link with your FGCU credentials and find the Wellness Warrior Pathway
on the bottom right-hand side of the homepage to check your status and look for events.
For completing the pathway, you earn a Wellness Warrior certificate, t-shirt, and
sticker. Wellness Warriors will also be entered into a raffle for the chance to win
a grand prize which is listed within the pathway!
The Wellness Warrior pathway resets every Fall and Spring semester. So, if you become
a Warrior or you were almost there, we encourage you to try again!
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness
- Emotional Wellness
Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development
of inner strength. It is important to be attentive to both positive and negative feelings
and be able to understand how to handle these emotions. This also includes the ability
to learn and grow from experiences, have healthy relationships with others, and build
resiliency for dealing with difficult situations. Emotional well-being encourages
coping with feelings independently by practicing autonomy and proper decision-making
skills. It also includes coping with feelings interpersonally by empathizing with
others and knowing when to ask for help.
- Environmental Wellness
Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings.
This involves being able to be safe and feel safe in your physical and social spaces.
Environmental well-being promotes interaction with both nature and your personal environment.
This can include preserving the areas where we live, learn, and work, as well as occupying
relaxing environments that support our well-being. The dimension of environmental
wellness also includes self-awareness towards the impact of personal interactions
with the environment and taking action to protect yourself from environmental pollutants
while promoting a healthy environment that supports your overall well-being.
- Financial Wellness
Financial wellness involves things such as income, debt, and savings, as well as a
person’s understanding of financial processes and resources. A person’s satisfaction
with their current financial situation and future prospects also comes into play.
Financial Wellness involves learning how to manage financial expenses successfully,
preparing for short and long-term needs. Financial stress is also a common source
of stress, anxiety, and fear. Keeping track of expenses, making a budget, and sticking
to it are important skills to have in order to be financially responsible and independent.
Learning how to maximize your financial wellness now will help you feel prepared to
handle potentially stressful financial situations or emergencies in the future.
- Intellectual Wellness
Intellectual wellness encourages us to engage in creative and mentally stimulating
activities. These activities should expand your knowledge and skills while allowing
you to share your knowledge and skills with others. Intellectual wellness includes
the ability to think critically, reason objectively, and make responsible decisions.
A key aspect of intellectual wellness is broadening your perspective and understanding
diverse points of view. You can develop this dimension through academics, cultural
involvement, community involvement and personal hobbies.
- Occupational Wellness
Occupational wellness inspires us to participate in activities in which we will gain
personal satisfaction and find enrichment in our life. Whether you are working or
volunteering, this dimension of wellness recognizes the importance that these activities
should be meaningful, provide purpose, and reflect your values, interests, and beliefs.
Your attitude about work is a crucial influence on occupational development. This
allows you to explore various career options and encourages you to pursue the opportunities
you enjoy the most. This dimension includes taking a thoughtful and proactive approach
to career planning and assessing personal satisfaction and performance in one’s work.
- Physical Wellness
Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning.
There are many elements of it that all must be cared for together. Overall, this dimension
encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition, and appropriate health care
to keep your body in good health. Adopting healthy habits, such as regular exercise,
adequate sleep, proper nutrition, routine exams (i.e. sexually transmitted infection
screenings) all play a role. In addition, it is important to minimize risk factors,
such as excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances. You can achieve physical
wellness by choosing things that make your body feel good and trimming back the things
that bring you down. You can also feel better by creating a routine that balances
activity with inactivity, and that is manageable within your obligations and needs.
- Social Wellness
Social wellness refers to our relationships with family, friends, colleagues and the
community. It involves how we interact with others, our level of care and concern,
and having an interest in helping. Our relationships can offer support during difficult
times. This involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well
as fostering a genuine connection with those around you. Conscious actions are important
in learning how to balance your social life with your personal and professional lives.
It also includes balancing the unique needs of romantic relationships with other parts
of your life.
- Spiritual Wellness
The Spiritual Wellness Dimension is a broad concept that represents one’s personal
beliefs and values and discovering a sense of balance and peace. It includes finding
meaning in life events, defining our individual purpose, and developing an appreciation
for life and the natural forces that exist in the universe. It incorporates various
factors including religious faith, values, ethics, and morals. Regardless of whether
you believe in a particular religious faith, there is always something to learn about
how you see yourself in the world. A spiritually well person seeks harmony with the
universe, expresses compassion towards others, and practices gratitude and self-reflection.