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Choose your own adventure!

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Alissa Deeter

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Negotiating the maze of wellness
Choose your own adventure!
National Wellness Institute
Wellness Model
Department of Music
Emotional wellness includes the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about one’s self and life.

It includes the capacity to manage one’s feelings and related behaviors including the realistic assessment of one’s limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively with stress.

"It is better be aware of and accept our feelings than to deny them"

"It is better to be optimistic in our approach to life than pessimistic"
To strive for personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.

"It is better to choose a career which is consistent with our personal values, interests, and beliefs than to select one that is unrewarding to us."

"It is better to develop functional, transferable skills through structured involvement opportunities than to remain inactive and uninvolved."
Physical wellness encourages learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. Optimal wellness is met through the combination of good exercise and eating habits.

The physical benefits of feeling good often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.

"It is better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than those which impair it."

"It is better to be physically fit than out of shape."
Social wellness encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and the world around them.

"It is better to contribute to the common welfare of community than to think only of ourselves."

"It is better to live in harmony with others and our environment than to live in conflict with them."
Spiritual wellness recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence.

"It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant."

"It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves."
Intellectual wellness recognizes one’s creative, stimulating mental activities, expanding his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing those gifts with others.

"It is better to stretch and challenge our minds with intellectual and creative pursuits than to become self-satisfied and unproductive."

"It is better to identify potential problems and choose appropriate and informed courses of action rather than wait, worry, and contend with major concerns later."
Let's start with...
"The development of personal strengths in the context of a balanced life may be the key to well being.” -- Artistotle
Wellness is a conscious, deliberate, on-going process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.
4+ Years
120+ credit hours
Artistic & intellectual commitment to your talent and your university
Parties, parties, parties!!
About 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol
Of those students who drink, half binge drink
1,825 students die each year
599,000 are injured each year
97,000 are sexually abused each year
400,000 have unsafe sex each year
25% report academic consequences due to drinking
150,000 report alcohol-related health problems
3,360,000 drive while under the influence
1.2 - 1.5% of students try to commit suicide due to drinking or drug use
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
In 2010 there were 20 million students enrolled in degree-granting institutions. 24.8% of enrolled college students across the country between the ages of 18-22 were smokers
The number of smokers who initiated smoking after age 18 increased from 600,000 in 2002 to 1 million in 2010.
By including cigars, chewing tobacco and pipe smoking into the data, the percentage of college students who use tobacco (recreational or habitual) is 33%.
Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights
Students and Drinking (1 year, 18-24 years old)
Students and Tobacco Use
U.S. Department of Education
Students and Marijuana Use
The Harvard School of Public Health conducted three surveys between 1993 and 1999, examining the drug and alcohol use of 44,265 college students nationwide.
9 out of 10 students (91%) who used marijuana participated in other high-risk activities such as heavy drinking or cigarette smoking.
Students who used marijuana were less likely to study for two or more hours a day and were more likely to have a grade point average of B or less.
According to the University of Buffalo, 90% of students procrastinate. 25% of students are chronic procrastinators.
Cumulative grade points are significantly higher for non-procrastinators.
Fear of failure, social pressures, poor time management skills, disinterest, and distraction can all contribute to procrastination.
American Psychological Association
Students and Procrastination
"You may delay, but time will not." Benjamin Franklin
Disorganization is a HABIT, which can lead to procrastination.
Procrastination is a BEHAVIOR that delays high-priority tasks, and disorganization is often a characteristic.
There are two kinds of procrastinators: Active & Passive
Procrastination vs. Disorganization
Claim to "thrive under pressure"
Get by, but do not completely realize their potential
Can kick into high gear, but only for short spurts
Claim "I just don't have time"
Have ability, but poor performance
Are intellect, but receive poor grades
Laziness is a MINDSET
Laziness is NOT a personality trait
Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion, despite having the ability to do so
Lazy people claim "I'll get around to it"
Lazy people are often oppressed by long-term goals that override daily enjoyment
from Psychology Today
Psychology Today
Value You
Take Ownership
The Associated Press and MTV conducted a survey of college students in spring 2009 focusing on college student stress. They surveyed over 2,200 students at 40 randomly chosen colleges throughout the United States.
85% felt stress daily
77% felt stress over academics
74% felt stress over grades
67% felt stress about finances
60% felt stress to the point of not being able to get work done
College Parents of America
Students and Stress
Factors that can attribute to stress vary greatly from student to student and may include:
Worries about career or job
Worries about major or changing major
Social concerns
Academic demands
Being independent and on their own
Physical concerns – lack of sleep, drinking and partying, poor eating habits
Financial concerns
Family concerns
Factors that can cause stress
Eat well
Drink well
Get moving
Commit to a schedule
In 2009, the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA)—a nationwide survey of college students at 2- and 4-year institutions— found that nearly 30% of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year.
Depression is an ILLNESS. It is not a personality trait.
Students with depression, especially women, are more likely to drink to get drunk and experience high risk behaviors related to alcohol abuse, such as engaging in unsafe sex.
It is not uncommon for students who have depression to self-medicate.
from the National Institute of Mental Health
Students and Depression
Sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, guilty, worthless, helpless, irritable, restless.
Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
Lack of energy.
Problems concentrating, remembering information, or making decisions.
Problems falling sleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much.
Loss of appetite or eating too much.
Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
Aches, pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not go away.
Symptoms of Depression
Several factors can attribute to depression, and vary from person to person. Some can include:
Living away from family for the first time.
Missing family or friends.
Feeling alone or isolated.
Experiencing conflict in relationships.
Facing new and sometimes difficult school work.
Worrying about finances.
Factors that can lead to Depression
Seek Help
Stay Organized
Value You
Keep Your Eye On The Ball
Perfection is a subjective limitation,
but realizing your potential is limitless.
Wellness is conscious, self-directed and evolving
Motivation is also a mindset
Motivation requires a certain level of "aspiration"
Motivation is influenced by a person's "Self-concept"
Motivation can promote a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
An established set of of attitudes
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