Appendix 1: Wellness Wheel (Handout 1)

Handout 1 is a two-page PDF of a Wellness Wheel worksheet that shows the Wellness Wheel and gives descriptions and examples of the nine dimension of wellness.

Download Handout 1: 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

Text Attributions

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


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Starting A Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students Copyright © 2021 by UBC Student Health and Wellbeing Staff; Jewell Gillies; Barbara Johnston; Liz Warwick; Dagmar Devine; Jenny Guild; Arica Hsu; Hamza Islam; Mehakpreet Kaur; Malena Mokhovikova; Jackson Mackenzie Nicholls; and Calla Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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