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WHAT IS WELLNESS & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Wellness is an active, continuous process of becoming aware of and making conscious decisions to develop and maintain optimal levels of personal health and well-being. At South Hills, we focus on 6 dimensions of wellness: PhysicalEmotional, SocialAcademic, Cultural, and Spiritual Wellness. In our Wellness Center, we focus on these 6 dimensions of wellness to help students reduce stress, lower the risk of illness and promote our students’ positive potential.

Learn more about each dimension below:

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PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep

  • Chooses proactive steps to prevent illness, disease or other physical health concerns

  • Makes nutritious, healthy dietary choices

  • Maintains a healthy sleep schedule/routine

  • Engages in regular physical activity and body movement

  • Utilizes appropriate and healthy strategies to manage stress

  • Makes healthy choices regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual activity, etc.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

  • Develops the ability to identify and share emotions and concerns with others

  • Feels content most of the time

  • Feels confident that there are people who care and support you

  • Develops the ability to relax

  • Utilizes appropriate stress management techniques successfully

  • Develops ability to be resilient and ‘bounce back from adversity’

  • Feels satisfied with self-identity

  • Seeks assistance with any mental health concerns

 

SOCIAL WELLNESS

Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system

  • Develops appropriate assertiveness and interpersonal skills

  • Balances social, personal and recreational time

  • Develops confidence to be authentic self in all situations

  • Appropriately engages with other people of all ages and situations

  • Establishes and maintains healthy relationships and social networks

  • Values diversity and treats others with respect

  • Sustains a supportive, positive network of friends and family

 

ACADEMIC WELLNESS

Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

  • Develops critical and creative thinking skills

  • Engages in open-minded approach to consider multiple perspectives of an issue

  • Develops own ideas, viewpoints, and opinions based on objective criteria

  • Challenges and questions the norm by taking a stance of curiosity

  • Seeks experiences with new people, beliefs, and fields of study outside of personal comfort zone

  • Develops self-awareness and clarifies personal values

  • Engages in growth-mindset and reflective practices to keep brain stimulated

 

CULTURAL WELLNESS

Understanding, awareness and intrinsic respect for aspects of diversity.

  • Promotes and demonstrates respect and acceptance of all cultures

  • Takes proactive approach to learning about own and others’ cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds/identities

  • Takes pride in cultural heritage

  • Understands the historic impact and dynamic nature of one’s cultural identity

  • Identifies and understands the impact of cultural background on one’s own life choices

 

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS

Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

  • Discovers and clarifies goals toward life’s purpose

  • Develops the ability to regularly engage in personal, reflective time

  • Creates the time to reflect on the meaning of your life events and world events

  • Identifies and acts in accordance with one’s sense of right and wrong

  • Develops the ability to explain personal beliefs and life philosophy

  • Acts with care and compassion for the welfare of others

  • Practices forgiveness and empathy toward self and others

  • Develops higher consciousness and awareness of self and other