Handout 1 is a two-page PDF of a Wellness Wheel worksheet for faculty and staff to share with students who are experiencing stress and feeling overwhelmed. It shows the Wellness Wheel and gives descriptions and examples of the nine dimension of wellness.

Download the Wellness Wheel Worksheet:

BCcampus wellness wheel worksheet – black &white [PDF]

BCcampus wellness wheel worksheet – colour [PDF]

Wellness Wheel Tips and Strategies

Physical wellness: Taking care of your body through physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and mental well-being. For example:

  • Engage in some form of physical activity every day for at least 30 minutes
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep every night (7–9 hours)

Emotional wellness: Making time to relax, reduce stress, and take care of yourself. Paying attention to both positive and negative feelings and understanding how to handle these emotions. For example:

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Pay attention to self-talk and shift toward positive self-talk
  • Track emotions daily to look for patterns and possible triggers

Academic/career wellness: Expanding your knowledge and creating strategies to support continued learning. For example:

  • Set up academic goals
  • Create a study schedule and plan ahead
  • Form a study group
  • Connect with a mentor to further your understanding of career ideas
  • Review your short- and long-term career goals regularly to make sure you are on track

Social wellness: Taking care of your relationships and society by building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships and fostering a genuine connection with those around you. For example:

  • Make an effort to keep in touch with individuals who are supportive
  • Practice active listening skills
  • Join a club or an organization to meet new people
  • Be mindful of commitments you make – know your limitations (don’t spread yourself too thin)

Creative wellness: Valuing and actively participating in arts and cultural experiences as a means to understand and appreciate the surrounding world. For example:

  • Play an instrument or make music
  • Engage in the visual arts
  • Try creative writing
  • Engage in creativity through movement (dance)

Spiritual wellness: Taking care of your values and beliefs and creating purpose in your life. For example:

  • Volunteer
  • Meditate
  • Express gratitude
  • Practice forgiveness and compassion for yourself and others

Environmental wellness: Taking care of what is around you. Living in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it and respecting nature and all species. For example:

  • Spend time in nature
  • When possible, travel by walking, riding your bike, or taking public transportation
  • Recycle and compost
  • Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags

Financial wellness: Learning how to successfully manage finances to be financially responsible and independent. For example:

  • Create and maintain a budget
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Pack your lunch to limit how often you eat out
  • Meal plan before grocery shopping

Intellectual wellness: Being open to exploring new concepts, gaining new skills, and seeking creative and stimulating activities. For example:

  • Try a new activity at school or in the community
  • Explore things that you are curious about
  • Read and write for pleasure

Wellness Wheel Handout. Adapted from Okanagan College. Wellness peer ambassador handbook. Kelowna, B.C.: Okanagan College.


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Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness Copyright © 2023 by Gemma Armstrong; Michelle Daoust; Ycha Gil; Albert Seinen; Faye Shedletzky; Jewell Gillies; Barbara Johnston; and Liz Warwick is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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