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Southeast Missouri State University is committed to promoting a holistic healthy environment for students. Students are an integral part of the campus community. This Student Wellness Resource Guide is to help you understand the holistic approach of wellness concepts and provide resources you need in order to have a successful and healthy life while you are attending Southeast. There are various resources and information available in diverse wellness areas for your needs.
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Physical Wellness is about being attentive to the physical body and caring for the body. Those who are physically well have good awareness of their body, get an adequate amount of sleep, get routine medical check-ups, take safety precautions and engage in physical activities regularly . They eat when hungry and select a nutritionally balanced diet. They are free of addictions, have the ability to recognize and identify their physical needs and are aware of their body’s limitations.
As a student, you may choose what you eat carefully to maximize your body’s function, without overindulging. You may participate in regular physical and leisure activities and get adequate sleep daily. You may take precautious measures to be safe, healthy and well physically.
Spiritual Wellness is about exploring, discovering and understanding meaning and purpose in life. Those who are spiritually well develop an appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and the natural forces that exist in the universe. They recognize the relationship between spirituality and identity in themselves and others. A variety of academic classes are offered to meet this need.
As a student, you may increase awareness of your own values and beliefs, align what you do with those values and beliefs and establish your own identity through spirituality. You may further develop an understanding of other’s values and beliefs that are different than your own.
Intellectual Wellness is about appreciating education and engaging in lifelong learning. Those who are intellectually well engage themselves in activities that increase knowledge, develop moral reasoning, foster critical thinking, self-efficacy and expand worldviews.
As a student, you may gain knowledge from attending academic classes, seminars and speaker events as well as participating in extracurricular activities, student organizations, employment, meeting and interacting with a diverse range of people and other experiences outside of classrooms. You may start integrating different knowledge and establish your own worldviews.
Occupational/Vocational Wellness is about gaining personal satisfaction and enrichment in life through work. Those who are occupationally/vocationally well choose a career that is consistent with their personal beliefs, goals, lifestyle, personality and values. They also understand the commitment, discipline and preparation required to obtain their desired work.
As a student, you may prepare yourself for your desired career path. You may declare your major based on your interest in a field, take aptitude tests to figure out what types of work suit you, and obtain part-time employment, practicum experience and/or an internship in order to enhance your marketability as a future job candidate.
Environmental Wellness is about appreciating the external environment and understanding the role individuals play in it. Those who are environmentally well understand the importance of preserving, protecting and improving the environment and regulating their own behavior accordingly. They also recognize there are limits to controlling the environment and seek a relationship where the environment and individuals can grow, function, and thrive.
As a student, you may learn about your environment, as it relates to your campus, community, region, nation, and the Earth in general. You may participate in activities to make your environment safe, to protect and preserve your environment and to enhance comfort and the quality of your living environment.
Social Wellness is about creating connections with others to share life experiences, exchange support and develop a sense of belonging. Those who are socially well create relationships based on interdependence (rather than codependence), mutual trust and respect, equity of power and cultural competence. They actively seek contact with people who have different experiences and points of view from their own.
As a student, you may cultivate healthy relationships with others by remaining open to new experiences, engaging in group activities, and participating in campus and community organizations. You acknowledge individualities of each person.
Emotional Wellness is about recognizing, managing and appropriately expressing the entire range of feelings, including happiness, joy, anger, fear and sadness. Those who are emotionally well possess high self-esteem, a sense of humor, a positive self image and seek appropriate support from others when needed.
As a student, you may develop independence and accept responsibility for yourself and your own actions, learn how to express your feelings appropriately, and develop a sense of empathy toward others. You may increase self confidence and enhance your sense of self efficacy.
Financial Wellness is about managing income and expenditures, and planning for short-term, long-term and emergency expenses. Those who are financially well seek information, maintain a budget and record of expenses, and plan for future expenses.
As a student, you may develop the skills to responsibly manage your finances, including a monthly budget, personal savings, expenses, student loans, and credit cards; and understand the long-term impact of the financial decisions you make while in college.