Wellbeing Online for WSU Global Students
Wellbeing Online is dedicated to helping you develop skills that foster a happy, balanced life by taking a holistic approach to healthy living. We provide opportunities to learn about all eight dimensions of wellbeing to help you identify multiple ways to improve your personal wellbeing and your overall success at WSU.
The center of the eight-dimension wheel is responsibility. All eight dimensions invite you to assume personal responsibility for and be proactive in your well-being (Swarbrick, 2006).
Learn more about the Eight Dimensions of Wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing focuses on your ability to experience, recognize, and express a full range of emotion (emotional intelligence), and channel these emotions in healthy and effective ways. Your emotional health can affect all eight dimensions of wellbeing so it is important to understand where you are emotionally and what tools are available to help improve your emotional wellbeing.
Start here with WellTrack Boost
WellTrack is an online self-directed therapy experience for managing depression and anxiety. WellTrack can be used as a self-help tool or in combination with counseling.
The WellTrack companion app, MoodCheck, allows you to monitor your mood throughout the day and connect to what influences your mood. Download the MoodCheck app for iOS and Android.
WellTrack features a wellness assessment that students can take once or as needed, to help them understand how their daily activities are connected to how they feel.
WellTrack includes structured sections on managing depression and anxiety, tools and resources to deal with these issues, relaxation exercises, simulated situations to deal with specific concerns (including public speaking), and a “Zen Room” to assist with meditation.
Environmental Wellbeing encompasses respect, responsibility, and accountability for our natural and developed environments. That includes developing connections to nature and people. Another component is conserving natural resources.
The Route to Environmental Wellbeing
There are many ways that you can help the environment, including:
- conserving energy
- Recycling and upcycling
- education about Earth's natural resources
- spending time outdoors
Financial Wellbeing is about a sense of security and feeling as though you have enough money to meet your needs and enjoy life.
Use These Tips To Help Develop A Responsible Spending Habit
Have a Plan
- Develop a realistic budget for the short and long term so that you know what you need to spend on necessities (food, tuition, housing) and what you will have left over for the fun stuff.
- Look at the timing of when bills are due and make sure your cash flow meets those bills. Late fees will result in big trouble for your budget.
Give Yourself an Allowance
- It's easy to spend a lot of money on the extras- lattes, convenience foods, entertainment. Make sure you give yourself an allowance for these non-essentials and stick to your limit.
Use Credit Cards Wisely
- Credit cards are only beneficial if you are paying off the monthly balance, otherwise high interest rates will make for quick debt if you let your balance roll over to the next month.
- Keep credit spending to a minimum to avoid these charges.
Keep Track of Your Spending
- Track every dollar you spend in one month. Did you really need everything you bought?
- Remind yourself that you can't have everything while you are in school. You don't want to live so large in college that you risk your financial future.
- Remember, any money you borrow now must be repaid later. Make sure you understand what the terms of your loans are and don't take out more than your need.
Protect Your Identity and Monitor Your Credit
Ensure that your personal information is safe from identity theft.
Always check your credit report annually to be sure that your information is correct and has not been compromised.
You can order a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three national credit bureaus.
Intellectual Wellbeing reflects our degree of openness to new ideas, propensity to challenge ourselves to think critically, inclination to nourish our creativity and curiosity, and motivation to master new skills. Intellectual wellbeing can be enhanced through life long integration of enjoyable, thought-provoking, and imaginative mental activities.
Continuing to learn about the world around us and allowing ourselves to grow from the integration of this new knowledge into our life can enhance our intellectual wellbeing. For instance, learning about a new culture or philosophy increases not only one's intellectual wellbeing, but spiritual wellbeing as well.
Occupational Wellbeing is expressed by the degree of personal satisfaction and enrichment in our life through our occupation. Enhancing our occupational wellbeing may include finding a job that integrates and balances our skills and interests, or discovering a more satisfying way to incorporate our skills and interests into our current career. It also may encompass maintaining a suitable balance between work and other dimensions of our life. Finding a healthy way to integrate work into our life can enhance personal satisfaction and overall wellbeing..
Career Search Resources
- O*NET®- The nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database, contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors, and it also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools.
- Job Central- Helping to find jobs in your areas of interest. General information and resources about the National Labor Exchange and job opportunities.
- Career One Stop- Truly a one stop shop for career exploration, education and trainings, job searches, resume/interview tips and general information on salary and benefits.
- Careers.wa.gov- Includes a job search function for Washington, Career & Life in Washington, State Employee Information, and professional development resources.
Career Services for Specific Populations
Physical wellbeing consists of the ability to perform physical activities and carry out social roles that are not hindered by physical limitations and experiences of bodily pain, and biological health indicators.
Things to think about
Katie Iverson, UREC personal trainer, talks about strategies to set and accomplish your goals.
- What physical activity do you most enjoy? How often do you do this activity vs. how often would you like to?
- Are you conscious of the foods you put into your body?
- When you get regular physical activity, do you recognize a change in your cognitive ability, physical strength and sense of self-worth?
- What motivates you to set a goal?
Join the Cyber Coug Fitness Program
Did you know that you have access to a gym membership reimbursement program? Check out the Cyber Coug Fitness Club page for information on signing up.
Social wellbeing refers to our ability to interact successfully within a community and throughout a variety of cultural contexts while showing respect for ourselves and others.
It encompasses our:
- interpersonal relationships,
- social support networks,
- and community engagement.
To Achieve Social Wellbeing We Can:
- acquire the skills to communicate effectively,
- resolve conflicts,
- transcend differences,
- and provide leadership in community.
The basis of Spiritual Wellbeing is finding meaning and purpose to our life and our place in the greater universe. Referring to the purpose we discover for ourselves and the unique way that we have chosen to harmonize with the world around us can help us choose actions that are consistent with our personal beliefs and values. Reconciling our actions with our beliefs can be central to the development of spiritual wellbeing, among many other facets of our life.
Spiritual wellbeing can have a dramatic impact on various realms of wellbeing, particularly with respect to finding overall peace, harmony, and happiness with our life and surroundings. Becoming aware of how spirituality weaves into your life can be helpful in developing a integrated, holistic, and balanced self.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality can be participation in a religious organization or a non-religious experience that involves getting in touch with your self.
Some examples are:
- quiet reflection
You may ask yourself, why are we here? Is there something beyond the physical world that we can see? The brain naturally looks for patterns in sensory information as it processes the experiences. Our conscious selves tend to look for meaning in those patterns.