Student Wellness Services

8 Dimensions of Wellness

8 Dimensions of Wellness Map

Holistic Wellness Resources

Physical Wellness

Pursuing regular movement, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep and practicing safe behaviors.

How can I become physically well on campus?

  • Incorporate regular physical movement into your daily routine (i.e. walk or ride your bike to class; take the longer route). Use our Joyful Movement Journal to start or mix up your routine! 
  • Focus primarily on how exercise makes you feel, especially the stress-relieving and energizing factors.
  • Visit the WRC for intramural sports, fitness classes, outdoor recreation trips, the pool, rock wall, or to utilize the fitness area.
  • Make food choices that honor your health & taste buds while making you feel well—variety, moderation and balance is key! Check out for healthy eating strategies.
  • Take charge of your sexual health by using protection (condoms and dental dams); having open communication with your partner(s); getting tested for sexually transmitted infections, and getting routine physical exams. Call 319-273-2009 to make an appointment at the Student Health Clinic. Check out our tips for having stress-free sex! 
  • Safer sex is for EVERYONE! Practicing safer sex can provide you with comfort and confidence to explore and fulfill your sexual desires with less anxiety and worry. Explore our LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Guide to learn about protective barriers you can use for different types of sex!
  • Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night and practice good sleep habits


Intellectual Wellness

Seeking to expand knowledge, skills and creative abilities.

How can I become intellectually well on campus?

  • Visit The Learning Center in Rod Library for tutoring and learning services, subject specific study skills, & assistance with educational planning.
  • Take advantage of the research help at the Rod Library. Ask questions about topics such as: finding journal articles, using databases, or making the best use of other Rod Library services & resources.
  • Talk to your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor's name is listed on your STUDENT CENTER within MyUNIverse.


Occupational Wellness

Engaging in work that is meaningful, enjoyable and aligns with personal values.

How can I become occupationally well on campus?


Spiritual Wellness

Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life based on a core set of values and beliefs.

How can I become spiritually well on campus?

  • One option is joining a faith-based community at UNI. There are a variety of styles, sizes and philosophies of campus ministries; some have their own facilities, while some meet on campus. Each has a registered student organization.
  • The Spiritual Leaders Association is another resource that seeks to share resources of faith, hope and love to all who belong to the university community and beyond.
  • Use this Mini Mindful Meditations Starter Pak to tune into your Spiritual Wellness right now:


Environmental Wellness

Choosing a lifestyle of committed effort toward sustaining the Earth’s natural environment.

How can I become environmentally well on campus?

  • Join an environmental student organization or explore opportunities offered by the Office of Sustainability.
  • Get involved with the Panther Plot, UNI’s student-run garden!
  • Donate any unwanted usable items at Panther Pick-Up during finals week. Trucks from St. Vincent de Paul & The Salvation Army will be by the residence halls. They will be accepting house ware items, shoes, clothing, furniture, etc.
  • Explore the outdoors by going on an outdoor adventure trip!
  • De-stress in the diverse collection of plants inside the tropical feeling houses at the UNI Botanical Center


Financial Wellness

Making responsible decisions to live within your means and setting financial goals today that will positively impact your financial future.

How can I become financially well on campus?

  • Register for “Live Like a Student” a FREE, non-credit course that will allow you to explore the concepts of budgeting, credit, student loans, and identity protection.
  • Obtain One-on-One Money Management Counseling: Obtain personalized budgeting assistance, information about your award notification and bill, and much more.
  • Check out the Office of Financial Aid’s money management resources.
  • Great a budget to manage your finances and set yourself up for a successful financial future. 
  • Visit the Panther Pantry in the Maucker Union to obtain food and necessities. This service is available to all currently enrolled UNI students experiencing food insecurity. 


Social Wellness

Establishing a sense of connection and belonging through positive interpersonal relationships.

How can I become socially well on campus?

  • Get involved! Consider joining a student organization. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to UNI! Find an org that fits your personal or professional interests through Panther FYI.
  • If you are living in the Cedar Valley, take advantage of opportunities you have to enjoy the social events on campus. For more information, go to:
  • Check out these resources to stay connected:
  • Feeling homesick? Check out a variety of tips on college homesickness.


Emotional Wellness

Possessing a positive attitude and the ability to identify and express a wide variety of feelings in an appropriate manner.

How can I become emotionally well on campus?

  • Take time for you! Be sure to set aside some time to partake in activities that help you relax and relieve stress. Whether it’s exercising at the WRC, going on an outdoor adventure trip, meditating, or writing in a journal, treat yourself to self-care!
  • Experiment with using healthy coping skills to manage stress that work for you. Try replacing problematic/unhealthy coping mechanisms (i.e. alcohol/drug use, binge watching Netflix, complaining, excessive social media/phone use) with healthy coping skills. Need a place to start? Check out our stress management tips
  • Go to and check out the Self-Evaluator, a free mental health screening tool.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek help! Call the Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676 for confidential counseling services. You can also call the UNI Counseling Center 24/7 to speak to a crisis counselor. Dial 319-273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor. 
  • 24/7 CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text HOME to 741741 about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. The Crisis Counselor will introduce themselves, reflect on what you've said, and invite you to share at your own pace. The conversation typically ends when you and the Crisis Counselor both feel comfortable deciding the you're in a "cool" safe place. 

Focus on seeking growth within your 8 dimensions of wellness through meeting with a Wellness Coach. Sign-up today!