What is wellness? The most obvious response is that it means
being healthy and disease free. However, it has to do with more than that. The term wellness is usually used to mean
a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit. This balance results in an overall feeling of well being. Dr. Albert Dunn, MD proposed the
concepts of higher levels of wellness in nineteen seventy three. At G_G_C_, Student Affairs is committed to wellness
and has adapted Dr. William Hetler’s Wellness Model. The model highlights the six dimensions of
wellness. As a leader of wellness in higher
education, Student Affairs embraces wellness as a
concept which is inclusive of all races, all genders, all cultures, all sexual orientations, and all physical
and mental ability levels. The promotion of wellness is one which
is anchored in self responsibility. We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to engage in the process a being more
aware of wellness and the choice they each make that contribute to individual
wellness. We encourage all students to pursue
living life balanced well and moving toward their fullest
potential. Physical development encourages learning
about diet and nutrition, while discouraging the use of tobacco,
drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption. Optimal wellness is meant to come through a
combination of good exercise and eating habits. Strive to spend time building physical strength,
flexibility, and endurance. Also, take safety precautions including
medical self-care. The physical dimensions about this
entails personal responsibility in care for minor illnesses and also knowing when professional medical
attention is needed. It also includes knowing your body’s
warning signs, understanding the relationship between
sound nutrition and how your body performs and being physically fit. The social dimension of wellness
emphasizes the interdependence between people and between people and nature. The social dimension encompasses
becoming more aware of your importance in society, as well as the impact you have on multiple
environments, becoming aware of the impact you have. Take an active part improving our world
by seeking healthier living, initiating better communication with those around
you, and seeking ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature. Emotional wellness includes the degree to
which one feels positive and enthusiastic about oneself in life. It includes the capacity to manage one’s
feelings and related behaviors, including realistic assessments of one’s limitations and the ability to
cope effectively with stress. In addition, an emotionally well person maintains satisfying relationship with
others. Awareness of and acceptance of the wide range
of feelings in yourself and others is essential to wellness. Emotional wellness [pause] means being able to express your
feelings freely and appropriately. On your path to emotional wellness
you’ll live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and
appreciating the support and assistance of others. You’ll be able to form interdependent
relationship with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment,
trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks and
recognize conflict as being potentially healthy. Become more aware of your feelings. Manage your life in personally rewarding ways. Take responsibility for your actions. Intellectual wellness: expanding your knowledge and skills while
discovering the potential for sharing them with others. An intellectually well person
cherishes intellectual growth and stimulation. You’ll be using intellectual and cultural
activities inside and outside of the classroom at G_G_C_, combined with resources within the university
and the larger community to further expand your knowledge and skills. You’ll explore issues related to problem-solving,
creativity, and learning, spend more time reading books, magazines,
and newspapers. Expand and challenge your mind with
creative endeavors. At the center of occupational wellness
is a premise that occupational development is related
to one’s attitude about one’s work. The choice of profession,
job satisfaction, career ambitions, and personal
performance are all important components of occupational wellness. Moving toward occupational wellness,
you’ll contribute your unique gifts, skills and talents to work that is both
personally meaningful and rewarding. Convey your values through your involvement
in activities that are gratifying for you. Seek to develop functional, transferable skills through structured involvement opportunities. Choose a career which is consistent with
your personal values, interests, and beliefs. Spiritual wellness includes the development of
a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that
exist in the universe. Your search will be characterized by
peaceful harmony between internal personal
feelings and emotions and the rough and rugged stretches of your path. You may experience feelings of doubt, fear,
disappointment, as well feelings of joy, happiness, and discovery. You’ll know you’re becoming spiritually well
when you’re actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values. Ponder the meaning of life for yourself. Learn to be more tolerant of the beliefs
of others. Act consistently with your values and