8 Dimensions of Wellness- COVID 19 Resources


8 Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, Social, Emotional and Spiritual


Klotz Health Promotion views wellness in a holistic way, as depicted by the 8 Dimensions of Wellness. Incorporating these dimensions into your life, especially during times of uncertainty, can help you build resilience, better cope with stress, positively impact your academics, and lead a balanced life. To learn more, please watch the 8 Dimensions of Wellness video by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Physical Wellness

  • Being home for long periods of time under stressful conditions may cause some people to overeat, not eat enough, or adopt unhealthy eating habits. Practice eating mindfully and strive to eat healthy, balanced meals. Healthy eating can also help to boost your immune system. The Klotz Student Health Center Registered Dietitian can provide nutrition guidance. Telehealth appointments with the Registered Dietitian can be made by calling 818-677-3666.
  • Getting sufficient and good quality sleep can impact all areas of your health and wellbeing. Use this time to improve your sleep habits— go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, create a nighttime routine, and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Staying active is an important way to ensure you are maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, take daily walks in your neighborhood (check for potential restrictions in your area). When doing classwork from home, remember to take frequent breaks to stretch, take a brisk walk, or to do a productive chore. The Student Recreational Center website has at-home workouts and online fitness tutorials you can use to help you stay active during this time.
  • Make an appointment with Klotz Student Health Center’s Certified Wellness and Health Coach to create your personal wellness plan, and get the support and encouragement needed to accomplish your wellness goals. Telehealth appointments with the Wellness Coach can be made by calling 818-677-3666.
  • The Klotz Student Health Center remains open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Check the website on updates about services.

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Emotional Wellness

  • Practice techniques that promote relaxation and help to manage stress-- deep breathing, guided meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and progressive muscle relaxation (the simple practice of tensing, or tightening, one muscle group at a time followed by a relaxation phase with release of the tension).
  • Join the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing for Mindfulness Monday and Wellbeing Wednesday virtual sessions addressing financial, emotional, nutritional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
  • Visit the Oasis Wellness Center for virtual wellness programming (e.g. Affirmations and guided meditation sessions, art therapy workshops, peer nutrition education) available for the CSUN community.
  • Practice gratitude. Spend time each day thinking about 3 things you are grateful for. Consider starting a gratitude journal if you don’t have one.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage about COVID-19, and when seeking the news, be sure to use reliable sources. Visit the Oviatt Library for tutorials on finding credible resources.
  • Take breaks if you start to worry—watch a funny movie, listen to uplifting music, play a game, or visit websites like The Greater Good for articles, virtual sessions, podcasts and activities that promote happiness, resilience, and gratitude.
  • If you feel like you need to speak with a professional, make a counseling appointment with University Counseling Services (UCS). Telemental health appointments with UCS can be made by calling 818-677-2366 (Option 1).
  • Campus Care Advocates, a confidential resource for students, faculty, and staff who wish to discuss any matters related to sexual violence, relationship abuse, domestic violence, gender-based harassment, and stalking are offering telehealth appointments. To make an appointment with the Campus Care Advocate, call 818-677-7492.
  • EOP Dream CenterPride Center, and Veterans Resource Center are providing many of their services remotely. Visit their websites for more information.

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Social Wellness

  • Positive social support can improve our resilience for coping with stress. Gather a group of people you can stay in touch with. Connect with them regularly through phone, email or text to ask how they are doing. Social connections and compassion can be incredibly healing during these times.
  • Arrange a weekly virtual group gathering through apps like Zoom, Skype, or Facetime.
  • Use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay in touch with your social media contacts.
  • Plan a virtual game night, group dinner, or meet up for a virtual coffee date.
  • Stay engaged with campus clubs and organizations by visiting the Matador Involvement Center.

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Environmental Wellness

  • Consider starting an herb or vegetable garden. Visit the University of California Master Gardener Program for beginner, intermediate, or advanced gardening tips and resources.
  • Spend some time learning about the important initiatives that Institute for Sustainability has been implementing to help make our campus more sustainable.
  • Use this extra time at home to declutter your room, organize your space, or deep clean your home. Gather some of your belongings that you no longer use, and set them aside to donate once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
  • If weather permits, practice mindfulness outdoors—pay attention to the colors of the trees, the scents of the flowers and plants in your surroundings, the sounds of the birds or planes in the sky. Remember to breathe deeply.
  • Go outdoors to get some sunshine to help increase your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D plays a number of critical roles in your body, and is especially important for immune system health.
  • Add a nature photo to your computer background or listen to sounds of nature on YouTube or Spotify.
  • Outdoor Adventures always has exciting trips planned each semester. While trips are suspended at this time, consider checking out Outdoor Adventures for your future outdoor adventures. Also, check out Outdoor Online, a series of virtual programs allowing users to digitally explore the natural world from the comfort of their own homes.

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Occupational Wellness

  • Familiarize yourself with the free career-related resources available to CSUN students by going through CSUN’s Career Center website. The Career Center is offering virtual career advising and counseling, zoom drop-in sessions, virtual events, and more.
  • Use some of this free time to update your resume, cover letter, or investigate creating a LinkedIn account. Students can build a resume using the Handshake resume builder (on the Career Center website) and can save the resume in their account for use when applying for jobs online.
  • Listen to videos or read articles that will help you improve your public speaking or interviewing skills. Students can practice their interviewing skills online using the Handshake mock interview module and send their recorded interview to staff, faculty, or family by email for a critique. Students can also access Career Center’s online workshop about interviewing through CareerLink.
  • CareerLink has online resources and materials developed for students by Career Center’s career counselors. In CareerLink, students can discover themselves and access career information through exercises, games, videos and articles. CareerLink can help students with their career questions at any point in their college journey.

Financial Wellness

  • CSUN with a Heart has valuable resources to assist you with basic needs (e.g. food, housing, financial support).
  • Review your budget and make adjustments, where necessary. If you are able to save some money at this time, consider starting an emergency fund for the future.
  • The CSUN Food Pantry can provide food and toiletries for CSUN students, faculty, and staff in need. Visit CSUN Food Pantry for hours of operation. 

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Spiritual Wellness

  • Connect with your spiritual, religious, cultural, or other communities. Find strength and comfort in traditions, texts, rituals, practices, holy times or seasons.
  • Connect with your natural surroundings to gain a deeper appreciation of your environment.
  • Carve out 5-10 minutes in your day to take deep breaths. Deep breathing helps you stay centered and better connects you to your core spirit—your true self. Meditate in silence, practice mindfulness, or pray.
  • Look for ways to transform any challenges or fears you may be facing into opportunities for growth. Use this time in isolation to find a greater meaning in life.

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Intellectual Wellness

  • Stay connected with your professors. If you have any questions or concerns about this new virtual learning platform, reach out to them for help.
  • The Oviatt Library is offering remote resources and services, including free e-books, textbooks, articles, media, and more. Check the Oviatt Library website for more information.
  • Continue engaging in your intellectual wellness by taking free courses on LinkedIn Learning (previously Use this time to catch up on interesting and educational webinars, podcasts, and Ted Talks.
  • Read for pleasure books that you’ve always wanted to read, but didn’t find the time to.
  • Visit the USU Computer Lab website for a list of beginner and advanced virtual workshops.
  • The Device Loaner Program provides technology to students who are without a device such as a computer or internet hotspots so that they may continue their education uninterrupted.

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