UW School of Law puts an emphasis on the health and well being of our students, staff, and faculty. We want to create an environment that gives people the tools, resources, and support they need to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Dimensions of Wellness

The Wellness Program is based on the following seven different aspects of wellness:

  • Physical: Physical wellness is the health of your body, including diet and exercise. Are you leading a healthy lifestyle? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise? Do you smoke? Do you take any drugs or drink alcohol? This is what we usually think of when we envision wellness.
  • Mental: Mental wellness is your ability to cope with stress, anxiety, and other challenges of life in a healthy way. When something negative happens in your life or you feel overwhelmed, how do you react?
  • Financial: Financial wellness is having control over your finances at the present while also preparing for the future. Do you have a lot of debt? Do you follow a budget?
  • Spiritual: Spiritual wellness is connecting with our spirituality or religious beliefs. Spiritual wellness does not necessarily mean being religious. It can include a connection to your religious beliefs, but it can also be a sense of balance or purpose. Do you feel connected to the world around you and feel at peace with yourself?
  • Occupational/Social: Occupational/social wellness is feeling like your career and personal lives are balanced and that you are satisfied with both. Do you feel that your job interferes with your personal life? Are you happy with the direction your career is going?
  • Emotional: Emotional Wellness is being able to notice, feel, and accept your emotions in any given situation. The more aware you become of your emotions and able to communicate them effectively, the better your emotional, and overall, wellness becomes. Do you have words to describe your feelings? Do you tend to respond or react to your emotions?
  • Environmental: The world around you plays a big part in your health and happiness. Environmental wellness is being aware of the interactions between your environment, your community, and yourself, and choosing to create more positive relationships between them. How do you interact with nature? What are your relationships like with your surrounding community?

January Wellness Update



By Ellen Sims

It is something easy to lose and perhaps hard to gain, yet, I would argue many people desire and highly value its worth. It is the strength of any solid relationship, whether in business or in intimacy. How would you define trust? World renowned researcher, Brene Brown artfully and intelligently describes trust by breaking it down into parts, or anatomy, using an acronym B.R.A.V.I.N.G. (Watch video)

How would trust apply in business and economics? NY Times writer Joseph Stiglits explores trust, or the lack of, within the history of American society and economy in an article suitably titled, In No One We Trust. He states, “Trust is what makes contracts, plans and everyday transactions possible; it facilitates the democratic process, from voting to law creation, and is necessary for social stability. It is essential for our lives. It is trust, more than money, that makes the world go round. Unfortunately, however, trust is becoming yet another casualty of our country’s staggering inequality.” (read full article

Wish for more on Trust?:

  •          Who Can You Trust? By David DeSteno in the June 02, 2014 Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2014/03/who-can-you-trust
  •          Intimacy: Trusting Oneself and the Other by Osho
  •          The Thin Book of Trust: An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work. By Charles Feltman

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