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College Success: Skills for Thriving at the UO

A guide to help you find the tools you need for success at the UO and into the future.

8 Dimensions of Wellness

"The eight dimensions of wellness can serve as a guide to living a positive lifestyle and move beyond surviving to thriving!"

- UO University Health Services Remote Wellness Resources website

8 Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, and Social

According to the Health & Wellness Office of the College of William & Mary, "There doesn't have to be a balance among all dimensions. Instead, the goal is to find a personal harmony with the dimensions that is most authentic for you."

Wellness & UO Libraries

The UO Libraries offers resources and services in support of your wellness. We support intellectual wellness through ensuring you have the resources you need to complete your academic work and we have materials and databases with information on all 8 dimensions of wellness!

UO Counseling Services Self-Care Kit

Self-care can be a great place to start exploring your own needs and the impact you can have on yourself and others. Counseling Services makes an online kit available for you and also has much more!

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness includes coping effectively, having a sense of positive self-regard, and creating satisfying relationships.

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Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness happens when we extend our sense of purpose and meaning in life and this is based on a core set of values and beliefs. 

More resources from UO Libraries
UO Campus

The EMU's Al Suhaimi Family Contemplation Room is "a quiet place where students can meditate, pray, or enjoy a few peaceful moments."

Screen capture of the EMU floor map with an arrow indicating room 115, the Contemplation Room.

Eugene-Springfield Community

There are many faith-based, religious, and spiritual communities in Eugene and Springfield. The UO Religious Directors Association (UORDA) publishes a list of Muslim, Jewish, Bahá'í, Christian, and other organizations (below) that serve students in the community. Locate others through a general internet search.

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Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness encourages you to be a lifelong learner. In this you'll learn to recognize your creative abilities and find ways to expand knowledge and skills through both your formal classroom learning and your hobbies and interests.

Libraries also support lifelong learning by providing access to credible information on a vast range of topics. UO Libraries has a wide range of popular reading and materials to support relaxation and leisure time. You may also wish to check out your local public libraries for even more!

Research Assistance

If you would like support from UO Libraries to learn about doing library research, using the library, finding information online, or on pretty much anything else, get in touch with a Subject Librarian that matches up with your major or your class to get started.

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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is about recognizing the need for and pursuing regular movement, adequate amounts of sleep, food that fuels your brain and body, and practicing safe behaviors.

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Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellbeing has a focus on achieving good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support your wellbeing. This includes choosing a lifestyle committed toward sustaining the Earth's natural environment.

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Financial Wellness

Financial wellness happens when you make responsible decisions to live within your means and set financial goals today that will positively impact your financial future.

Campus Resources
Research Guides from UO Libraries

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Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is about engaging in work and studies that are meaningful, enjoyable, and align with personal values. We can find this through activities like volunteering, employment, or career preparation.

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Social Wellness

Social wellness is about developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. It includes building and maintaining healthy relationships and finding ways to be in community with others.

UO has tons of student clubs and organizations. Search for your interests and find your people!

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Campus Health Resources

University Health Services

1590 E 13th Ave Eugene, OR 97403

University Health Services Building

Call: 541-346-2770 

Counseling Services

1590 E 13th Ave Eugene, OR 97403

University Health Services Building

Call: 541-346-3227

Need something else?

Call the office of the Dean of Students for guidance and resources! 541-346-3216. You can also check out the Student One Stop site for many options.


Workout Your Stress
  • The Department of Physical Education and Recreation (PE & Rec) enhances the lives of UO students, faculty and staff by providing physical activity programs and services that promote health, fitness, active recreation and participation in sports.
  • Learn more about the Student Recreation Center and other Wellness resources.
Treat Yourself to a Night In
Knight Library DVD Collection via Oregon Digital
  • Check out a movie from the wide selection of films available at Knight Library. DVDs are located on the 1st floor near the spiral staircase.
  • You can also stream a variety of films through Kanopy, including many of the Criterion Collection films. If you live off-campus, you can access this resource by using VPN Software.
  • More into video games? Take a look at the Video Games Collection at Science Library! Lots of games and accessories for many current and previous generation consoles.


Start a New Hobby
  • The Craft Center is a great place to learn a new activity. They offer a variety of classes and access to the space and materials you'll need. Try something new like ceramics or printmaking. Located in the basement level of the EMU.

Take a Break
  • The Duck Nest wellness center offers a number of programs to help give you a break from everyday stress. Try dropping in for morning yoga, or learn about healthy eating habits. And keep an eye out for therapy dog visits!


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