What is wellness and why is it important?

Wellness is primarily being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are so closely linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health and other life domains, and vice versa. It is important to be aware that wellness is an intentional, ongoing and holistic approach to making healthy choices for in eight major areas of life functioning.  

Remember that wellness is not simply the absence of illness or stress, but a broad practice of internal and external behaviors even when experiencing challenges. Practicing wellness, for example, may mean seeking Student Counseling Center services, developing a regular exercise routine and seeking. Career Services support to prep for an upcoming interview.  In this scenario, emotional wellness, physical wellness and occupational wellness have been addressed.

Putting wellness into practice means striving to be well overall.  The Student Counseling Center has identified the eight dimensions of wellness that are most relevant to Rhodes students.  The wellness approach fully integrates the strengths of the students we serve and provides a direction for how to address factors that act and interact to contribute to the quality of student life at Rhodes.