What Is Wellness?

Pomona College Wellness Wheel

Assess your wellness by taking this Wellness Quiz.

Wellness is an active process of developing healthy habits to increase physical, mental and social well-being, reduce stress, and create balance leading to a more fulfilling life. Wellness is a way to help prevent distress from these demands and stressors before it happens.

Who to Contact

For any general (non-urgent) wellness-related questions, please contact pomonawellnesspeers@pomona.edu.

Meet with a dean to discuss an important situation, academic concerns, accommodations, or other to discuss other questions or concerns. Call our office at (909) 621-8017 to set an appointment.

In the event of an emergency, contact Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000 and ask to speak to an On-Call Dean.

Wellness Peers

Wellness Peers are a new resource on campus trying to increase proactive dialogue and action around wellness, including but not limited to mental, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual health. We collaborate with students and organizations to hold various events aimed at encouraging our campus community to reflect and actively seek out ways to improve different parts of their wellness. Find events and information on the Wellness Peers Facebook page. 

Dimensions of Wellness

Social & Cultural Wellness

  • Develop positive and healthy, interdependent relationships.
  • Recognition and understanding of individual differences.
  • Interacting respectfully with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to be comfortable and confident when alone.
  • Having an open minded outlook towards new experiences. 

Physical Wellness

  • Engage in an active lifestyle.
  • Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • See doctor for routine medical check-ups.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco or illicit drugs.
  • Consume alcohol in low-risk quantities.
  •  Take time for stress reduction and relaxation.
  • Practice safer and responsible sex.

Emotional Wellness 

  • Being aware of thoughts and feelings.
  • Accepting and learning from mistakes.
  • Setting realistic expectations and limitations.
  • Recognizing stressors and using healthy coping strategies.
  • Willingness to seek help and resources.

Financial Wellness

  • Create a realistic budget.
  • Track your expenses to limit overspending.
  • Develop long term and short term financial goals.
  • Use credit cards modestly.
  • Automate your savings. 

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Environmental Wellness

  • Respect for the environment and living organisms.
  • Awareness of limitations of Earth’s natural resources.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle

Spiritual Wellness

  • Recognition of own value and belief system.
  • Openness to exploration of faith.
  • Respect for different spiritual views.
  • Sense of peace, harmony, and meaning in life.
  • Understanding that spiritualism is a lifelong process.

Career & Academic

  • Recognize and build upon own strengths.
  • Set short term and long term academic and career goals.
  • Seek opportunities to grow and develop new skills.
  • Explore different career options.
  • Build academic and professional networks.