Your well-being plays a role in your academic and personal success.

To achieve wellness, you need balance in all aspects of your life. The five elements of the indivisible self — social, coping, creative, physical, essential (Myers & Sweeney 2005) — require attention in order to integrate them together to achieve balance. The Stephens College approach to wellness — A Balanced Life — creates opportunities to integrate the needs of the self by focusing on a holistic approach to wellness. Our programming focuses on each "self" so you can practice a balanced life. 

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A way of life oriented toward optimal health and well-being in which mind, body, spirit are integrated by the individual to live more fully.

- Myers, J., Sweeney, T., & Witmer, U. (2000). The wheel of wellness counseling for wellness: A holistic model for treatment planning. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78, 251-266.

Social Self

Connections with others (including family ties): friendship, love.

Coping Self

Elements that regulate our responses to life events and provide a means to transcend their negative effects: leisure, stress management, self-worth,
realistic beliefs.

Creative Self

Attributes that help make a unique place in our social interactions and positively interpret our world: thinking, emotions, control, work, positive humor.

Physical Self

Processes that comprise the physical aspects of our development and functioning: exercise and nutrition.

Essential Self

Our essential meaning in relation to life, self, and others: spirituality, gender identity, cultural identity, self-care.

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