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Dimensions of Wellness: Topic Exploration

8th Grade Informational Writing Unit

Physical

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

"Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. It means living responsibly and taking care of your body, and recognizing that our habits and behaviors have an impact on our overall health, wellness and quality of life." (source: Physical Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • General Healthcare
  • Eliminating Destructive Habits (i.e. drugs and alcohol)

 

Intellectual

INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

Intellectual Wellness is "seeking to expand knowledge, skills and creative abilities." (source: Intellectual Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Hobbies
  • Education
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Traveling (to explore new lands and cultures)
  • Reading
  • Cultural Appreciation (language, art, music, traditions, etc.)
  • Lifelong learning
  • Intellectual health

Spiritual

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS

Spiritual Wellness "may mean different things to different people. For some, spirituality may be synonymous with traditional religion, while for others it relates primarily to the quality of personal relationships or love for nature. A basic foundation for spiritual wellness may be the sense that life is meaningful and you have found your place in it." (source: Spiritual Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Mindfulness
  • Religion
  • Spirituality & Faith
  • Ethics & Morality

Occupational

OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS

Occupational Wellness "is engaging in work that is meaningful, enjoyable and aligns with personal values. It inspires us to prepare for work in which we will gain personal satisfaction and find enrichment in our life. Occupational wellness focuses on our search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit."  (source: Occupational Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Career Exploration
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Dream job
  • Career happiness

Social


SOCIAL WELLNESS


Social Wellness is "establishing a sense of connection and belonging through positive interpersonal relationships."  (source: Social Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Family Relationships
  • Friend / Peer Relationships
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Community Involvement
  • Social Justice
  • Respect
  • Diversity

Emotional

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Emotional Wellness is "possessing a positive attitude and the ability to identify and express a wide variety of feelings in an appropriate manner. The emotional dimension of wellness involves developing awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. It involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. It is the ability to understand oneself and adequately cope with the occasional disappointments, frustrations and challenges life brings."  (source: Emotional Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Self-esteem
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Mental Health
  • Coping Skills
  • Stress

Environmental

ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Environmental Wellness "inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This dimension encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment." (source: Environmental Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS:

  • Climate
  • Recycle
  • Conservation
  • Sustainability

Financial

FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Financial Wellness "involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Making responsible decisions to live within your means and setting financial goals today that will positively impact your financial future." (source: Financial Wellness, Student Wellness, ISU.)

TOPICS: 

  • Financial Literacy (including budgeting, saving, minimizing debt, investing, etc.)
  • Money Management
  • Financial Goals