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Foundational Wellness

Social & Intrapersonal

social and intrapersonal

Social and intrapersonal wellness refers to the interactions that you have with others and with yourself.  This foundation of wellness addresses our innate desire for human connection, the quality of that connection, and the establishment of a sense of belonging within a community in balance with our relationship with our self.

  • Social

    Learning how to interact with others and acquiring norms, behaviors, and appropriate social skills. The casual interaction with others and the ability to form friendships and acquaintanceships.  

  • Relational

    The connection, association, or involvement between two or more people. This can be with partners, friends, family, colleagues, etc.  

  • Emotional

    The experience of how a person is feeling. The interaction between emotional experiences and mental state or behavioral changes.  

  • Emotional Intelligence

    Being able to effectively identify and express the emotions one is experiencing in an appropriate manner. Additionally, the ability to take this effective emotional communication into their relationships with others. 

  • Gratitude

    Setting time aside to show appreciation and thankfulness.  

  • Peer Pressure

    Being influenced by the members of one’s own peer group. The feeling that one must act in a certain way or do the same things as other people of one’s own social group to be liked or respected by them.  

  • Body Image

    A person's perception of their physical self and their thoughts and feelings. These can be positive, negative or both and can include memories, assumptions, and generalizations. 

  • Communication Skills

    Speaking, clarifying, listening, observing, and empathizing. Involves verbal, non-verbal, and digital communication.  

  • Loneliness and Isolation

    Loneliness is the distressing feeling of being alone or separated. Isolation is the lack of social contacts and having few people to interact with regularly. People can be isolated yet not feel lonely and people can be lonely yet not be isolated. The two do not always occur together. The distinction is that loneliness is a distressing emotional state.  

  • Working Well with Others

    Giving equal respect to those around you. Having effective teamwork skills, responsibility, and honesty.  

  • Play

    Allowing ourselves to be spontaneous or creative. Playfully enjoying novel experiences which helps make new connection in the brain.  

  • Family Unit

    The definition of family will be personal to every individual. Overall, within the structure of a family unit, there will be a person teaching boundaries and social standards to set appropriate behavior. There are many aspects of a family unit. There are chosen families, blood families, foster families, adoptive families and more.  

Physical Health

physical health

While considering Foundational Wellness, it is imperative that we outline and review physical health. This topic, at its core, is the state of your physical body. It is taking a broad approach to exploring topics ranging from hygiene practices to accessibility, from sexual health education to teaching about cold and flu. Within this area, we are able to understand both the topics as well as the related healthcare resources and support systems in place. Through this education, we can identify ways to make individual and environmental adaptations or behavioral shifts that are needed to support communal well-being.

  • Sexual Health

    A state of physical, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. The knowledge and skill to be healthy and safer in their sexual interactions. 

  • LGBTQIA Health

    The focus of health and wellbeing that identifies and addresses the experiences of people within the LGBTQQIP2SAA community.

  • Womxn’s Health

    The focus of conditions and experiences that impact female-identified persons and biological women.

  • Men’s Health

    The focus of conditions and experiences that impact male-identified persons and biological men.

  • Personal Health & Hygiene

    The way that an individual cares for their body. Keeping all parts of their physical body clean and healthy.

  • Healthy/Hygienic Environment

    Keeping the space around you clean and healthy. This helps foster better physical and mental health.  

  • Accessibility

    The awareness of need for equal health, well-being, and environmental access as it impacts individuals of all ability status.  

  • Ailment Education

    Education on illness. This is including both acute and chronic illness.

  • Body Awareness 

    How connected you are to your body. Recognizing where your body is in its spatial surrounding.  

  • Health Care Systems

    Agencies and organizations that provide medical support and care to individuals and communities.

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections

    A bacteria, virus, or parasite that creates an infection that is passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse.  

  • Sexual Assault

    Unwanted sexual interaction. This forced act is inflicted upon an individual who does not give consent. 

Substance Use

social and intrapersonal

The topic of substance use explores the impact from all angles. When looking at the student experience within our university, it is foundationally imperative that we have an understanding of how the use and misuse of substances impact functioning, academics, and personal experiences. From caffeine consumption, alcohol use, prescription drug use, illicit drugs, and everything in-between, the impact of substance use spreads its reach into many areas and departments. A student’s background and experience with substance use are vast, unique, and widely differing. It is important for us to have a baseline knowledge of how these varying experiences impact lives. Through the lens of upbringings, peer involvement, and individual beliefs, we can use what we know about our students to support their education and resources when it comes to behavior change, treatment, and recovery.  

  • Substances 101

    Something (such as a drugs or alcohol) deemed harmful and usually subject to legal restriction. 

  • Substance Abuse/Dependence

    Abuse is excessive use of a substance on a regular basis. It is the use of a drug in amounts or by methods which are harmful to the individual or others. Dependence is a physical condition where either your body or mind has adapted to your using the drug. It results in a withdrawal upon cessation of drug use. 

  • Addiction

    The compulsive physiological need for, and use of, a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity (such as heroin, alcohol, gambling, shopping, etc.). 

  • Treatment and Recovery

    Receiving support to return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. 



The topic of the brain is one that can be seen through many different lenses. It can be in reference to the anatomical structure, mental health, work efficiency, etc. Regardless of the approach, our brain is at the epicenter of how we view and experience the world both within ourselves and outside of ourselves. As a foundational element of wellness, how we utilize all of the foundations of wellness directly impacts our brain. Conversely, how we take care of our brain directly impacts how we experience the other foundations of wellness. 

  • Work-Life Balance

    The harmony between one’s occupation and their life away from work. 

  • Study Skills

    Methods and techniques that can be acquired or taught that aid in effective learning. 

  • Time Management

    The process of planning and organizing the amount of time that you will spend on specific activities. 

  • Stress Management

    A range of strategies and techniques utilized to help one deal with stress and adversity in their life.

  • Learning & Growth

    Learning is the acquisition of knowledge through a course of study or exposure to information through experience. Growth is simply a process of change. 

  • Mindfulness Education

    The idea of being fully present, aware of where we are and what we are feeling in the moment that it is occurring.  

  • Mental Health

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” 

  • Resiliency

    The ability of a person to overcome challenges or difficulties. 

  • Trauma

    An adverse experience or experiences that change the way that the brain functions. These experiences are usually deeply destressing or disturbing in nature. 

  • Organizational Skills

    Techniques that allow one to be both efficient and effective in their work or life. 

  • Brain Anatomy (Functions) and You: 101

    Having a basic understanding of the different aspects of the brain allows for a greater understanding of how the brain learns, grows, experiences trauma, reacts to stressors, and experiences joy.  

  • Coping Skills

    Help one manage, tolerate, and minimize stressors and conflict that is both interpersonal and intrapersonal.



There is a great deal of research in the medical community supporting the positive impacts on sleep and daily functioning. When we make a commitment to community restfulness, we are setting the standard for our expectations on general well-being. We set the tone for sustainable routines that will have life-long enhancement on performance and achievements. Proper sleep hygiene is often overlooked or taken lightly. There is much to be gained if there is Institution-wide support for sleep health and education. 

  • Sleep

    A naturally occurring state of mind and body typically characterized by a sense of altered consciousness, a lack of awareness of surroundings, reduced muscle activation, and inhibited sensory activity. 

  • Sleep Hygiene

    Healthy habits created with the intentionality of producing good quality sleep. 

  • Sleep Disorders

    Circumstances related to a lack of sleep or the lack of good quality sleep, sleep timing, or duration that impacts the ability to properly function while awake. 

  • Napping

    A brief period of sleep, often during the daylight hours. 



Movement is a foundational element of wellness due to its strong association with our basic human need of survival.  As the human brain evolved over centuries, it was exposed to environments that required almost constant motion in order to not only survive, but to thrive physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

  • Physical Activity

    Instruction (self-taught or through professional teaching) in the care and development of the body. 

  • Cardiovascular movement

    The ability of a person to deliver oxygen to their working muscles during sustained physical movement. 

  • Strength Movement

    The ability to carry out activity through resistance. 

  • Meditation

    Using conscious control to bring about relaxation, focus, and awareness. 

  • Mind-Body Movement

    A practice that combines breath awareness, focus, and conscious movement to help relax the mind and body. 

  • Breathing Practices

    The practice of controlling ones’ breath to promote relaxation and a reduction in stress responses. 

Safe & Secure

safe and secure

Safe and Secure foundational wellness connotes the physical and metaphysical ways in which that one provides for their own safety, comfort, and security.  In keeping one safe and secure, we think of those physical details of our lives that help provide a foundation for success.  Additionally, feeling safe and secure requires an awareness of the world around us.  

  • Housing Stability

    The extent to which one’s access to housing of reasonable quality is secure. 

  • Financial Stability

    The lack of worry in regards to expenses or financial obligations because one is able to handle finances without taking on more debt. 

  • Physical and Emotional Safety

    Living without stress, fear, and anxiety associated with danger 

  • Food Security

    Having physical and economic access, at all times, to sources of food that meet dietary needs for a healthy and productive life 

  • Environmental Awareness

    Living in good health in an environment that is pleasing and stimulating in support of positive well-being. Additionally, it means to be aware of one’s impact on the environment surrounding them and recognizing the delicate nature of Earth and one’s need to protect its’ resources. 

  • Political Awareness

    Knowledge of and engagement in the public policy and government on the macro and micro levels and how the currents of agendas affect ones’ life. 



Eating provides the sustenance and nourishment to fuel your mind and your body.  This foundation of wellness focuses on the foods that we consume, our personal and social relationship with the food that we consume and provides an insight in how to provide the right nourishment for your success.  

  • Nutrition

    Nourishing the body by eating well and staying hydrated.

  • Eating Disorders

    A psychological disorder that identifies an individual who has abnormal eating or exercising habits. 

  • Meal Preparation and Recipe Education 

    Being able to have foundational knowledge in safely and efficiently cooking or preparing a meal for consumption now or at a later time.  

  • Understanding different diets

    Learning about dietary needs for diverse cultures, communities, religions, allergens, and preferences. 



Identity is a foundation of wellness as it is important to recognize that we bring our entire self into every interaction and environment that we encounter.  Our affiliations, social roles, beliefs, values, and characteristics provide us with a sense of continuity and a framework for how we experience the world and how others experience us.  

  • Sexual Identity

    How an individual thinks of themselves in terms of who they are romantically or sexually attracted to.  

  • Gender Identity

    An individual's personal sense and conception of their gender. They can have an internal sense of being male, female, both, or neither. This exists on a spectrum.  

  • Cultural Identity

    The identity of belonging to a group. This is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality, or any social group that has its own distinct culture. 

  • Diversity and Inclusion

    Having representation and ensuring that everyone has equal opportunity to contribute and have influence.  

  • Spirituality and Religion

    An experience with a higher power or finding strength within oneself. It is the work to understand meaning and obtain a set standard of values and morals for oneself.  

  • Interests

    Hobbies, activities, and experiences that we identify with which create a part of our personality.  

  • Ability

    An individual’s identified ability status and how that impacts their experience in the world.  

  • Socioeconomic Class

    Social standing or class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income, and occupation. 

Foundational Wellness Marketing Guide for Faculty/Staff

In an effort to work together with the shared goal of providing holistic wellness education to our campus, please refer to this marketing guideline when putting educational material into the community.