Wellness Resources

What is Wellness?

  • "Wellness is a state of complete physical, Intellectual, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." – The World Health Organization.
  • Wellness is comprised of many elements. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, occupational/academic, social, and spiritual.
  • For optimal wellness, one must reach balance in all dimensions.


Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness is the ability to handle daily challenges effectively and having the capacity to build satisfying relationships with others.

Tips to promote Emotional wellness:

  • Practice mindfulness, relaxation, guided meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, journaling, etc.
  • Reflect on your feelings.
  • Express your feelings to people you trust.
  • Listen to others and provide a safe space for them to express their feelings.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Be kind to yourself; practice positive affirmations.
  • Take time for yourself.
  • Support others.
  • Do things you enjoy.
  • Seek and accept help.
  • Learn from mistakes.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Identify and use coping strategies that help you manage stress.
  • Visit the Oasis Wellness Center: https://www.csun.edu/oasis (includes nap pods, relaxation chairs, massage chairs, digital library, labyrinth guided meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, Reiki therapy, and wellness coaching, etc.)
  • Visit University Counseling Services: https://www.csun.edu/counseling (mental health and wellness services including assessments, individual and group therapy, wellness workshops, 24/7 urgent care/crisis services, psychiatry services, peer education programs, etc.)

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness is the ability to find harmony between ourselves, our community, and our environment.

Tips to promote Environmental wellness:

  • Recycle.
  • Conserve energy; turn off lights when not in use.
  • Conserve water.
  • Use reusable bags and water bottles.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Spend time outdoors.
  • Get a change of scenery - visit a public park, botanical garden, or state park.
  • Take a walk around the block for a break.
  • De-clutter your living space
  • Donate unwanted clothing.
  • Volunteer with environmental organizations.
  • Do not litter.

Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness is the ability to manage a budget, savings, investments, and expenses, successfully.

Tips to promote Financial wellness:

  • Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department: https://www.csun.edu/financialaid (includes, financial aid, grants, loans, work-study, scholarships, etc.)
  • Increase your financial literacy: https://www.csun.edu/financialaid/financial-literacy-program
  • Understand your financial aid and/or student loans.
  • Start a savings account – small amounts add up over time! Add an automatic monthly payment.
  • Create weekly and/or monthly budgets.
  • Review your bank account weekly.
  • Pay your bills on time.
  • Take advantage of student discounts.
  • Write a list before you go shopping.
  • Start with small changes (i.e., make your meals, instead of going out).
  • Ask yourself, "do I need this?" before an impulsive buy.

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is the ability to connect in creative and mentally stimulating activities and share our knowledge and skills with others.

Tips to promote intellectual wellness:

  • Visit the University library: https://library.csun.edu/
  • Connect with your professors; utilize office hours (they are there for you!).
  • Learn about something new.
  • Research things that interest you.
  • Play a board game.
  • Pick up a hobby.
  • Read for fun.
  • Learn another language.
  • Complete a puzzle, play Sudoku, do a crossword.
  • Participate in local events in your community.

Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is the ability to balance physical activity, nutrition, hygiene, and sleep in order to obtain a healthy quality of life.

Tips to promote Physical wellness:

  • Visit the Klotz Student Health Center: https://www.csun.edu/shc (includes medical, dental, vision, immunizations, laboratory and x-ray, pharmacy, specialists and specialties, health promotion, etc.)
  • Visit the Student Recreation Center (SRC): https://www.csun.edu/src (includes exercise and leisure activities, e.g., open recreation, group exercise classes, fitness challenges, intramurals, aquatics, rock wall, outdoor adventures, sportsclubs, etc.)
  • Visit the Oasis Wellness Center: https://www.csun.edu/oasis (includes nap pods, relaxation chairs, massage chairs, digital library, labyrinth guided meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, Reiki therapy, and wellness coaching, etc.)
  • Get enough sleep (aim to get at least 7 hours each night).
  • Stay active; aim to participate in 30 minutes of some form of physical activity every day.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Visit CSUN’s Food Pantry for assistance with food and services: https://www.csun.edu/mic/foodpantry
  • Wash hands, bathe, floss, and brush teeth daily.
  • Practice safe sex and get checked for STIs.

Occupational/Academic Wellness

Occupational/Academic wellness is the ability to engage in work or studies that bring personal satisfaction and meaning. It involves building relationships with colleagues/classmates, managing workplace and academic stress, and staying true to values and interests.

Tips to promote Occupational/Academic wellness:

  • Visit the Career Center: https://www.csun.edu/career
  • Explore different career and/or volunteer opportunities until you find your passion.
  • Set realistic career goals and constantly work towards accomplishing them.
  • Communicate with your supervisor/professors regularly and get support when needed.
  • Visit the Learning Resource Center: https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/learning-resource-center and/or other tutoring resource on campus
  • Practice open communication.
  • Be respectful of individual and cultural differences and work styles.
  • Seek out your professors and/or TA’s for assistance or support, as needed.
  • Volunteer.
  • Schedule breaks and leisure time.

Social Wellness

Social wellness is the ability to positively interact with others and to build and nurture meaningful and supportive relationships with people, groups, and communities.

Tips to promote Social wellness:

  • Treat others with respect.
  • Communicate with supportive friends and family (e.g., in person, phone, email, text, Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, etc.)
  • Invite a friend out for coffee or a meal.
  • Set healthy boundaries.
  • Contribute to the good of the community.
  • Volunteer in the community.
  • Meet new people.
  • Visit a new place or event.
  • Visit the Matador Involvement Center to join a club or organization: https://www.csun.edu/mic

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is related to values and beliefs that help find meaning and purpose in life. Spiritual wellness can be achieved through various factors, including religious faith, values, ethics, and morals.

Tips to promote Spiritual wellness:

  • Take time to reflect on your beliefs, values, and principles.
  • Connect with religious, spiritual, or cultural communities.
  • Learn about other religious, spiritual, or cultural communities.
  • Connect with nature (e.g., take a walk, sit outside, smell some flowers, etc.) to increase positive feelings, such as calmness and joy
  • Engage in family/cultural practices and/or rituals
  • Practice acceptance and kindness.
  • Be curious and open-minded.
  • Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation.
  • Volunteer for an organization.