Dimensions of Well-being

What is Well-being

There are a lot of definitions out there, but here at Mines, we consider well-being to be:

Well-being (n.): The ongoing process of developing a life with purpose, connections, resilience and wellness that allows one to flourish and thrive.  It involves the presence of positive emotions (good health, happiness, security, self-esteem), the reduction of negative emotions (sickness, depression, loneliness, addiction), and finding satisfaction, engagement and meaning within one’s life.

What are the dimensions of well-being?


Lifestyle choices that affect the positive functioning of your body and the ability to improve that functioning through nutrition, sleep, exercise, and other behaviors that promote positive health and help prevent physical illness.

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Ability to identify, understand, and manage your range of emotions. It includes the development of habits and skills needed to overcome the adversity that is part of life, as well as the ability to identify and understand the emotions of others.

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Actively engaging with your community and establishing connections and relationships that support a feeling of belonging and safety.  It includes living in and contributing to healthy and sustainable teams and communities with people who are both similar and different from yourself.

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Ability to meet one’s basic needs and feel a sense of security. It involves taking steps to keep yourself safe, learning to deal with threats and anxiety, and having a healthy relationship with money, all of which provide you greater freedom and security.

Environmental wellness


Being self-aware, seeking knowledge and experience and maintaining connections that allow you to find meaning in what you do each day. It involves pursuing your interests, connecting to your spirituality, and establishing personal and professional goals that lead to an enriching and successful life.

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Spiritual wellness involves developing and living according to a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose.

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Financial wellness is your ability to live within your means and manage your money in a way that gives you peace of mind. It also includes understanding your emotions as they relate to money and partnering with available resources to plan for yours and your family’s future.

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Stress Reduction Tips

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Twenty minutes is the sweet spot but even six minutes of sleep in the middle of the day has been shown to improve declarative memory performance — AKA your ability to recall facts and knowledge.

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Deep abdominal breathing helps slow your heart rate and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of your body that tells your stress response to TAKE A BREAK ALREADY.

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You can get a runner’s high without having to run. Any type of aerobic exercise can help reduce stress hormone levels and release some awesome happiness-boosting endorphins.

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Good friends are like a human stress buffer – multiple studies have shown that individuals with a strong social support network are more resilient to the negative effects of stress.

Blaster’s Basket is a resource for all students to grab free food and canned goods! Located on the first floor of the Student Center.