Health Topics - What is Wellness?
Definition of Wellness
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization.
Dimensions of Wellness
What does wellness mean to you? Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.
Perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network.
Want to enhance your social wellness? Hang out with some friends at the Coffee House or get involved with student programs and activities.
Enjoy your occupational endeavors and appreciate your contributions.
Maintain a healthy body and seek medical care when needed.
Want to enhance your physical wellness? Health and wellness services are available through Student Health and Wellness Services. Pick up fruits and vegetables at the UC Davis Farmers Market or try out the offerings from Campus Recreation.
Have an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continue to expand your knowledge.
Understand your feelings and cope effectively with stress.
Want to enhance your emotional wellness? Try finding some healthy ways of dealing with stress; Student Health and Counseling Services has many wellness services or try exploring meditation at The House.
Develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose.
Want to enhance your spiritual wellness? Participate in a program put on by the Program in Religious Studies.
Respect the delicate balance between the environment and ourselves.
Additional Campus Resources
The UC Davis Wellness Portal is your gateway to everything wellness and is the one stop shop for campus and online wellness resources.