Wellness @ SU
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Wellness Tips

Here are just a few suggestions on how you can integrate the dimensions of wellness into your life. 

  •  Physical 

    Replace your soda, juice, or coffee with a glass of water, and you've taken one small but important step toward well-being.
    Lean muscle burns 10 – 15 times more calories per pound than fat.

  •  Environmental

    It is important to lead a lifestyle that is respectful of our environment. This includes respecting nature and those species living in it. Also, respect for others living in our environment is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself. While today’s climate is one of increased environmental awareness, the average person may still be unconcerned or simply uninformed about what he or she can do to help the environment. You don’t have to be a member of an organization to help; an individual can help by simply leading an environmentally conscious life.

  •  Emotional  

    Set aside some quiet time to write your thoughts about your goals, values, or concerns. If something negative comes to mind, flip the page, write it there, and clear it from your head. Once you’re done, take time to read over your positive thoughts. Make a regular habit of mind/body practices such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation to reduce your emotional reactivity.

  •  Spiritual 

    Exercise your imagination frequently. Stay in touch with the child within. Adopt an attitude of playfulness. Humor and pleasure can be tremendous stress buffers. Open yourself to chance: Some choices take you exactly where you need to go; others take you by surprise. Let them. All we have is the integrity of this moment, and the calm that comes from trusting what lies ahead.

  •  Social 

    Invest in the relationships that bring meaning to your life and that you know will be with you for the long haul. Active listening means devoting your attention to what someone is saying. It requires you to listen with an open mind uncluttered by inner dialogue. Concentrate on understanding what the other person is saying, not on phrasing your response.

  •  Intellectual 

    Try doing something creative for five minutes everyday. Draw a quick picture with colored pencils just for fun or write a short poem. Even the smallest burst of creativity may inspire you.

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    Source: Center for Wellness Harvard University Health Services