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4 Week Wellness Challenge

In collaboration with the Office of Wellness Education, we have gathered information to support students, faculty, and staff as they engage in the 2021 "4 Week Wellness Challenge."

Introduction to the 4 Week Wellness Challenge

The 4 Week Wellness Challenge is a 2021 initiative hosted by the Office of Wellness Education.

Each week in the Dean's Desk newsletter, there will be a list of 5-6 challenge activities that will be both interactive and informative on the 6 dimensions of health and wellness. The 6 dimensions of wellness are: Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual and Occupational. We encourage you to try one or a few of the many activities however, there is no mandatory requirement for participation. The main purpose of this newsletter is to reveal to you resources, educational tools, skills and positive encouragement that can help direct your health in a beneficial way. 

Although participation is not required, involvement will be tracked/monitored for an opportunity at winning prizes. The person with the most involvement will win a brand new apple watch. There will be many alternative prizes for others that remain actively involved.

How did you participate in the Wellness Challenge this week? Let us know in the form below for a chance to win a prize! (examples: read an article about sleep, followed along with a youtube exercise video, picked up a new hobby etc.) Click or scan to track your participation! 

Link to track participation 

 

Dimensions of Wellness

There are 6 major dimensions of Wellness:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Occupational

Some organizations and practitioners focus on fewer dimensions, and others may add additional dimensions to their definition.  You can see that in the examples of dimensional organization below. 

 

 

The Recovery Village, a substance use treatment organization, outlines the dimensions of wellness in an interlocking circle.

The eight dimensions of wellness

Writer and creator Martin Petkov categorizes the dimensions of wellness by their outcomes and whether they are internal or external.

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness | Mindbody

Mind Body Wellness organizes the dimensions together like a chain.

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness | Youth Empowerment

Youth Era organizes the dimensions of wellness in an interlocking pattern, similar to honeycomb.

9 dimensions of wellness image

The University of Waterloo shared this depiction of the dimensions of wellness, that also includes cultural wellness.

More Information about the Dimensions of Wellness

Some resources to help you learn about the different dimensions of wellness include:

Wellness Education at Merrimack College

The Office of Wellness Education

The Office of Wellness Education promotes a campus culture in which every student is given the support, education, opportunities and encouragement necessary to actively prioritize their health and wellness. Their website also has more information about all of these dimensions of wellness.  You can contact the the team at wellnesseducation@merrimack.edu or follow them on social media: Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center at Merrimack

The Counseling Center provides confidential mental health and counseling services. All services are free of charge for enrolled Merrimack students and the office is located on the third floor of the Sakowich Student Center.

Remote Services During COVID-19

The Counseling Center offers teletherapy services only. Please call us at 978-837-5444 to schedule an appointment via Zoom. To receive support after hours call 978-837-5444 to be connected to the BeWell@MC 24/7 Support Line.

Request a Private Space for Your Remote Appointment

If you need a secure and confidential space for teletherapy services, please let us know when you schedule your appointment. Private spaces are located at The Counseling Center and are also available for students using outside counseling services. 

For any emergencies:  If you're on campus, call campus police at 978-837-5911. If you're off campus, Call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.