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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other.” For this reason, it’s important to take care of both your mental and physical health.

Find balance – The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Did you know that there are Eight Dimensions of Wellness? Listed below are all eight and ways you can be well on Clemson’s campus! Keep these eight dimensions of wellness in mind as you make everyday choices, and try to improve any that you may be lacking or weak in. Find balance in your life!


Emotional Wellness: having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self and the ability to recognize and share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way.

  • Maintain a positive outlook.

  • Build a strong support system.

  • Check out the TAO program through CAPS: Therapy Assistance Online, or TAO, includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness and substance use issues. TAO includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

Environmental Wellness: being aware of the interactions between the environment, community and ourselves.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

  • Take a “leave no trace” hike.

Financial Wellness: understanding the importance of sustaining ourselves financially for the short and long term.

  • Use a money management app.

  • Plan your weekly expenses.

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Intellectual Wellness: being open to new ideas, thinking critically and seeking out new challenges.

Occupational Wellness: seeking for and having a career that is interesting, enjoyable, and meaningful and contributes to the larger society.

Physical Wellness: taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning.

Social Wellness: the ability to build personal connections with others, deal with conflict and to be a part of a positive social network.

Building Social Connections

Spiritual Wellness: finding meaning in life events, demonstrating individual purpose and having the ability to be compassionate towards others.

  • Attend a yoga session at Fike.

  • Spend time in meditation.

On-Campus Resources

Academic Success Center
Campus Recreation
Center for Career and Professional Development
Clemson Sustainability
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Student Clubs and Organizations




Clemson University Campus Recreation, The Wellness Zone. (n.d.). Retrieved from clemson.edu/campus-life/campus-recreation/fitness/wellness-zone.html.

SAMHSA, The Eight Dimensions of Wellness. (2015, July 2). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness.