What is wellness?

Wellness is an active process that allows people to make positive choices in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It includes a positive approach to life and health that helps to maximize the individual's potential.

A personal wellness lifestyle is associated with good physical health, emotional and spiritual stability, improved personal relationships and increased satisfaction and joy.

Wellness types

Self care

Three components of self care

Self care is a necessary part of maintaining emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

It's more than an occasional manicure or special treat. Self care is a way of living each day incorporating behaviors that help you feel refreshed, replenish your motivation and help you grow as a person. Building reliable self care habits can affect your quality of life now and in the future.

An excellent way to start is to take an honest look at what you're doing to manage everyday stress.

Are your close relationships and daily activities adding to your sense of overall stress? If so, take small, realistic steps toward change to help make a significant difference in your quality of life.

  • Be accepting, kind and compassionate of yourself. How would you treat a good friend who needed some T.L.C.?
  • Being kind to yourself doesn't mean the end of motivation or working hard, and the point is to stretch, not break yourself.
  • Fill your life with people you can laugh with, have a serious conversation and who respect you.
  • Do various things for fun and stimulation with others and while alone. Remember activities that you liked when you were a child but have long ago given up. Get the creative juices flowing by painting or drawing or get out the hammer and create something.
  • Move your body, whether in a structured sport or exercise or dancing, stretching or walking in the park.
  • Give your body something good to eat that doesn't come in a bag or box from a fast-food restaurant.
  • Make a sleep routine where you go to bed and wake up on the same days.
  • Take quiet time for yourself and make it a priority to do something just for you.
  • Get a massage or take a hot shower/bath.
  • Pay attention to your body's signals of pain or sickness and go to the doctor as needed.
  • Develop practices that exercise your mind and soul.
  • Find/create spaces that nurture your spirit, whether attending services with like-minded friends or having a personal routine of prayer or meditation.
  • Engage in self-exploration that helps you identify your values and priorities.
  • Read literature and have discussions with others that deepen your knowledge of yourself and the universe.
  • Find ways to contribute to the well-being of others.

Myths about self-care

"I'm being selfish if I focus on self-care." Some may consider self-care to mean self-involved. Nurturing oneself is a critical factor in keeping up the strength, resolve, motivation and inner resources so you may continue to give to others.

"I don't have time to take care of myself." If you do a self care audit, you'll likely find some of the activities you spend your time on now could be better spent recharging your battery. Time management/life goal experts stress the importance of putting self-care into a schedule just like a class or job.

"T.V. and pizza are my self care." That may be just the ticket for some nights, but do you have enough nurturing choices for the other nights of the week?

While not discounting the value of building up your knowledge of 1950s television trivia, the consequences of making it a nightly habit might include indigestion, sleep loss, weight gain, oversleeping in the morning, a feeling of grogginess and little energy lingering the next day.

Perhaps instead, you could use the comfort of a cozy chat with a particular person or some quiet time with your mind engaged, not just checked out.

"Do I have to do it alone?" Having an accountability partner can be a great motivator. However, the best balance is achieved with a combination of time shared with others and some time alone. Remember that your attitude of looking for opportunities to practice self care can go with you anywhere.

Still skeptical? Set up a 30-day self care routine and see how you feel before and after.


Exercise increases physical strength, stamina and weight loss and there are many other reasons to make it a part of your routine.

Advantages of exercising

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S.) provides physical activity guidelines for Americans designed to improve overall health.

Adults will realize most of the possible benefits of being active if they exercise at least 150 minutes each week or 30 minutes a day. This should be a moderately intense aerobic activity, such as running, brisk walking, bicycling, playing basketball, dancing and swimming. H.H.S. notes that additional benefits can be gained from 300 minutes of activity.

Ideas to help you get started

  • Check out the MCC fitness centers. Head to the gym between classes or when you get up in the morning to squeeze in a workout.
  • Take advantage of fitness courses. Along with gym facilities, most students will have access to fitness classes.
  • Stretch first. Avoid injuries by stretching each time you exercise. Simple stretches before and after you work out or engage in physical activity can help keep you active and pain free.
  • Ride your bike. Instead of taking the bus or driving to class, try biking instead.
  • Play a sport. One way to get yourself motivated to exercise is to make it a game by playing a sport.
  • Walk to class. While taking public transportation might be quicker, walking will give you a chance to stretch your legs, burn some calories and relax before your next class.
  • Incorporate different kinds of exercise into your routine. Don't just stick to one type of workout when you work out. Incorporate strength training, cardio and stretching exercises into your routine to make it well rounded.
  • Make it fun. You're probably not going to work out if you are bored with your routine or find going to the gym torture. Find a way to make it fun for yourself and you'll be more likely to keep it up.
  • Bring a friend. With someone else relying on you showing up, you'll be much more likely to make an effort to work out. Plus, working out with a friend can be a great way to make working out more fun.
  • Choose healthy options at our on-campus dining options.
  • Bring fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on between classes.

If a gym is not for you

Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations. Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat can help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime.

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