What is WELLNESS?
The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.” Many times, we think of wellness in physical terms only – being active and without illness. However, wellness involves all aspects of our lives and focuses on bringing these into balance.
Physical wellness refers to the physical state of our bodies and how we take care of them. A physically well person engages in regular physical activity, feeds their body nutritious foods, and avoids alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful substances. They get enough sleep, practice good hygiene, and work to prevent or treat personal disease or illness.
Suggestions to improve physical wellness:
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- Switch to whole grain foods.
- Limit added sugars, salt, and fats.
- Reduce processed or pre-packaged food items.
- Eat breakfast every day.
- Exercise at least 150 minutes every week (30 minutes, 5-days a week).
- Join a sports team.
- Participate in a fitness class.
- Obtain 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
- Seek medical help when you are sick.
- Practice appropriate safety measures like wearing a seatbelt or helmet.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances.
- Use medications appropriately.
The Wellness Center provides multiple FREE services to help you assess and improve your physical wellness. They offer free nutrition consultations, body composition and anthropogenic measurements, strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular tests, and measure blood pressure. They also do blood-lipid profiles for $20 to determine the amount of glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides in your blood. You can call [(208) 496-7491] or email the Wellness Center at Wellness@byui.edu to set up an appointment.
The Fitness Center at the Hart is open from 5 AM to 11:30 PM Monday through Saturday. There are treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and weights for your use. You can also go to the BYU-I Center to run on the indoor track and play on the indoor courts. Make sure you wear your approved BYU-I work out clothing!
Student Health Center:
The Student Health Center is located across the parking lot from the Kimball Building. You can schedule an appointment by calling (208)496-9330.
Emotional wellness refers to a person’s ability to identify, accept, and express their thoughts and feelings appropriately. Those who are emotionally well choose to live optimistically despite disappointments, setbacks, or trials and manage their stress. They are happy, content, and confident in who they are. Emotional wellness allows a person to establish healthy relationships, deal with stress and conflict, and live a happy life.
Suggestions to improve emotional wellness:
- Read a self-help book.
- Learn stress management techniques and implement them.
- Write in a journal daily.
- Express gratitude regularly or keep a gratitude journal.
- Focus on the positive.
- Smile at least 20 times every day.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- View challenges as opportunities.
- Accept and learn from mistakes.
- Develop your self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Counseling Center provides individual, group, and couples counseling to students free of charge. Their webpage also has resources for those who are concerned about their friends, roommates, etc. and self-help information.
Intellectual wellness refers to a person’s ability to think critically, develop their own thoughts and opinions, and implement knowledge into action. An intellectually well person sees learning as a lifelong process and is open to new ideas. They establish good study skills and habits and are able to make sound decisions based on the information given to them.
Suggestions to improve intellectual wellness:
- Read or watch the news regularly. Keep up-to-date on current events.
- Check out a book from the library.
- Sign-up for a tutor or join a study group.
- Attend a seminar, workshop, or forum offered through the university.
- Actively participate in class.
- Complete all of your homework and prepare for class discussions.
- Ask questions.
- Research the answer to a question you do not know.
- Learn a new skill.
- Apply your knowledge from class into life.
- Set personal goals.
Academic Discovery Center:
The Academic Discovery Center is a great resource for students as they plan their education at BYU-Idaho. You can view the general requirements, explore different majors and careers, create a four-year plan, and chat with an advisor.
Academic Support Centers:
The Academic Support Centers include the tutoring, writing and reading centers, study skills, and the presentation practice center. It also involves Disability Services and the English Transitional Center.
David O. McKay Library:
Through the library, students have access to hundreds of books, journals and other online resources free of charge. If the library doesn’t have a book, article, etc., you can reserve it through the Interlibrary Loan service. The library also has research guides for most majors and even specific classes.
Social wellness refers to a person’s ability to communicate with others, establish healthy relationships, and be confident in social situations. A socially well person learns how to balance a social life with their other responsibilities. They are able to interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and treat others with respect. They build relationships of trust, open communication, and understanding.
Suggestions to improve social wellness:
- Talk to someone new every day.
- Say “hi” and smile to others as you walk to class.
- Join a group on campus.
- Get involved in your ward and Home Evening group.
- Develop friendships.
- Practice active listening skills.
- Learn to work and interact with lots of different people.
- Share your skills or talents.
- Support others in their accomplishments.
- Keep in touch with friends and family.
BYU-Idaho has activities for EVERYONE! Make new friends, develop new skills, share your talents, serve someone else, play, plan, participate, or cheer in Life Skills, Social Activities, Talent Activities, Service Activities, Wellness Activities, Sports Activities, or Outdoor Activities.
Student Support includes Get Connected, SRC (Student Representative Council), Student Ambassadors, Student Associations, and Ask BYUI.
Spiritual wellness refers to a person’s connection to something beyond themselves, and their relationship with God. A spiritually well person lives their personal beliefs and integrates it into who they are. They reflect on the deeper meaning and purpose of life and allow those beliefs to carry them through life. They journal, meditate, and pray. They seek to draw closer to God.
Suggestions to improve spiritual wellness:
- Spend time meditating.
- Take time to unplug and sit in silence.
- Recognize the tender mercies in your life.
- Pray regularly.
- Study the scriptures.
- Volunteer or give service to someone else.
- Forgive yourself and others.
- Attend your church meetings.
- Create a vision of who you want to be.
- Strive to live what you believe.
Study the scriptures, access past and current General Conference talks, watch Mormon Messages, and search for any other church materials.
LDS Addiction Recovery:
The LDS Addiction Recovery program helps individuals overcome addictions through a gospel-centered 12-step program. This website contains resources for those who are trying to overcome addictions as well as family and loved ones.
Environmental wellness refers to a person’s interactions with Earth. An environmentally well person understands their impact on the earth and treats it with respect. They seek to reduce, reuse, and recycle; they are not wasteful. They are aware of their surroundings and try to protect themselves from harm. They respect nature.
Suggestions to improve environmental wellness:
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle
- Walk or ride a bike instead of driving.
- Do not litter.
- Spend time in nature.
- Make your living space a clean and comfortable place to be.
- Conserve energy and water.
BYU-Idaho Recycling & Sustainability Efforts:
Read about the university’s efforts to increase recycling and conserve water and energy despite a growing student population.
Occupational wellness refers to a person’s satisfaction with work. A person who is occupationally well knows how to balance work and their personal lives. They are able to deal with the stress from work and establish professional relationships with their co-workers. They do what they love, and love what they do. They have a positive attitude about work and use their skills and talents to excel in their position.
Suggestions to improve occupational wellness:
- Register for a career explorations course.
- Take a career aptitude test.
- Attend a career fair sponsored by campus.
- Create a LinkedIn account.
- Establish personal goals.
Academic Discovery Center:
The Academic Discovery Center provides resources for students who are exploring potential careers and those who are looking for jobs post-graduation. You can learn interview skills, have your resume reviewed, participate in career preparation workshops, and network with other professionals.