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    Holistic Wellness and Self-Care

    Holistic wellness recognizes the interconnections between domains of wellness and promotes living integrated lives within the context of a healthy, engaged, and inclusive community. 

    We can engage in self-care within any of the domains of wellness. Each domain intersects with and impacts the others. Below you'll find examples of different types of self care in each domain of wellness. For more information on navigating mental health and accessing resources, check out our Handouts and Health Resources page.

    Domain

    Characteristics

    Associated Self-Care

    Intellectual

    Lifelong learning; connecting curricular and co-curricular; creativity; critical thinking; supporting academic engagement and success

    Read a book; try something new; teach someone how to do something you enjoy

    Socio-Cultural

    Multi-cultural respect and competence; healthy, respectful interpersonal relationships; values of acceptance, fairness and justice; recognition of the contribution of the community to individual wellness, and vice versa

    Learn to say no; spend time with people who make you feel good; model healthy, respectful interpersonal relationships; stand up for yourself and for others around you; volunteer for a social justice cause

    Spiritual

    Belief system which contributes to a sense of purpose; hope and optimism; sense of belonging

    Take time for self-reflection; spend time in nature; find spiritual community; meditate; dance; pray; take yoga; volunteer to help others; foster self-forgiveness

    Emotional

    Expression of emotions; stress management; assertiveness; intimacy; balance between interdependency and independence

    Express how you feel; laugh; play; practice self-compassion; journal; cuddle with a pet; engage in a daily gratitude practice; affirmations; take time to reflect and notice how you’re feeling; work to strike a balance between interdependency and independence

    Physical

    Physical fitness; healthy nutrition; medical awareness and disease prevention; injury prevention; healthy sleep habits

    Get enough sleep; exercise; eat healthy; take a walk; dance; turn off your cell phone and pay attention to the physical sensations you experience; enjoy a cup of tea; listen to music

    Environmental

    Awareness of and connection to surroundings; safety enhancement; understanding the impact of personal choices; stewardship of resources

    Go into nature; feel your feet on the grass; watch the sunset; volunteer to pick up trash

    Career/Financial

    Purposeful and rewarding career; financial stability and planning; household management skills

    Save money for the future; practice a skill that might help you in your chosen career; reflect on what activities give you a sense of purpose and then do that