Taking care of our own wellness is more important than ever. Finding the support and resources you need to take care of your wellness can be a daunting and difficult task. At CUSA we decided it was important to collect resources and support for each dimension of wellness to create a cohesive guide to help students on their journey to wellness. Our Wellness Guide is an easy access resource for students to learn more about wellness, find specific resources, support, and programming at Carleton University and in the Ottawa area. There are so many different ways that one can practice wellness, and by providing students with direct access to them, is not only easier for them to access, but is also a way for them to find something that works for them. Mental health and wellness is a top priority of CUSA and we hope that our students find something in our Wellness Guide that will help them on their academic, personal, and professional journey.
Social wellness is the ability to build healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you. Having a supportive social network allows you to develop assertive skills, work to build your self-esteem, and become comfortable with who you are in social situations.
Financial Wellness is a state of feeling secure in your financial future and enables you to make choices that let you enjoy life. Thinking about money can create stress and anxiety and preoccupy your mind, but by being financially secure, it can help you with improving your own mental and physical wellbeing.
Intellectual wellness is about encouraging our continued learning and exposing ourselves to new ideas, people, and beliefs different from our own. By always being willing to learn new things and challenge our own perspectives you can become aware of who you are and what you value most in life. By opening our minds to explore new ideas, it will help you with becoming more mindful and better-rounded.
Environmental Wellness is the ability to create environments that support your own wellbeing at home or in the workplace. It is about creating a safe and welcoming environment that you feel comfortable in and be your true self. When you become environmentally aware of your surroundings, you will be able to realize how your daily habits affect your home and work life.
Physical Wellness promotes taking proper care of our bodies for optimal physical and mental health. It encourages you to have a healthy balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being to keep your body in top condition. By practicing physical wellness, it also helps to promote your own mental health.
Emotional Wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. It is becoming self-aware and having self-acceptance about your own emotions. Connecting with your own emotional wellness will make it easier to find happiness and success.
Spiritual Wellness recognizes our search for a deeper meaning in life. When we are spiritually healthy you have more clarity on what is most important to you and can make everyday choices that are consistent with your beliefs and values.
Occupational wellness allows you to explore various career options and encourages you to pursue the opportunities you enjoy the most. It focuses on creating meaningful goals that you can actively work towards for your own personal and professional satisfaction and fulfillment. When you become environmentally aware of your surroundings, you will be able to realize how your daily habits affect your home and work life.