Physical Wellness is taking care of your physical body, inside and out.
Taking an Active Role in Your Physical Wellness
Determine personal and professional goals and evaluate how your current sleep, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health and substance use habits impact achieving those goals. Prioritize your physical health by noticing signs and symptoms of need and accessing the appropriate resources when necessary. Take the time to educate yourself on physical wellness by attending workshops, presentations and group activities.
Examples of Physical Wellness Activities:
- Sleep, 8 hours of sleep. Make sure that you wake up and sleep at the same time every day.
- Eating Well. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.
- Physical Activity. Workout for a minimum of 30-minutes every day.
- Hygiene. Shower/bath every day. Brush your teeth twice a day. Always wash your hands before eating and carry a sanitizer if possible.
- Relaxation. Have a proper schedule to relax. Meditation and short 20-minute naps are the most recommended relaxation techniques.
Physical Wellness Inside the Classroom
The Physical Wellness Dimension encompasses a variety of health and well-being topics. We can help students build healthy habits into their daily lives with a few simple adjustments on our end including building stretch breaks into lectures, hosting walking meetings, encouraging students to take sick and mental health days, and providing healthy alternatives at events with food. We all play an important role in student wellness, the small adjustments and decisions we make can positively impact a student’s lifestyle, setting them up for success
Examples of Physical Wellness Activities and Promotion inside the classroom:
- Encourage healthy sleep habits
- Make project, homework, and exam deadlines at times earlier in the day (i.e between 6-7p) to encourage good sleep rather than on Sundays at Midnight
- As a group attend a wellness centered events (lecture, fitness class, cooking class, etc) or offer extra credit for attendance
- Mid-lecture stretch breaks
- When possible host walking meetings
- Start class with a mindfulness activity or recorded guided meditation
- If providing food for meetings, class, or end of semester celebrations consider healthy options such as fruits and vegetables, hummus, salad, as opposed to (or in addition to) pizza, cookies, and other high caloric options