Caring for Yourself & Others

What makes a life well lived?

Graphic depicting the areas of well-being

Scientists at Gallup have identified five common elements of well-being that transcend countries and cultures. We have interpreted Gallup’s work in the context of the Mizzou student population.

If we’re struggling in any one of these domains, as most people are, it damages our well-being and wears on our daily life. When we strengthen our well-being in any of these areas, we will have better days, months, and decades.

Student Health and Well-Being want you to get the most out of your life by living effectively in all five of these areas:

  • Purpose: Liking what you do each day and working towards meaningful goals; thriving in your purpose.
  • Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  • Physical & Mental: Maintaining a strong physical and mental foundation to thrive; adapting and managing challenges.
  • Social: Having supportive and meaningful relationships in your life.
  • Community: Feeling safe and connected; having pride in your communities.

A few specific topics and strategies to care for yourself are offered below. Find the strategies that work for you and keep doing them every day. Demonstrating care for yourself and others is especially critical during these challenging times of social distancing. We encourage you to try out as many of the ideas below as possible.

We realize the shift to social distancing environments comes with a variety of challenges. You may be having a lot of reactions and feelings, all of which are valid and important. We’re finding new ways to be here for you. We are providing select remote services to help you maintain social and academic well-being. Learn more about looking after yourself during the pandemic.

MU is committed to supporting you as you navigate challenges, explore opportunities and meet new people. Learn more about adjusting to college

Building and maintaining healthy relationships is a key to good social well-being and can enhance our overall well-being. Take a look at these tools for building strong and healthy relationships. Learn more about building strong relationships.

Over the course of our life, each of us experiences the death of someone we love. Whether this loss occurs as a result of illness, accident, or other trauma, we are left with a mixture of thoughts and feelings. Learn more about coping with grief.

Adjusting to any new situation or environment takes time. If your homesickness persists or is interfering with academic performance or relationships, consider talking with someone at the Counseling Center. Learn more about coping with homesickness.

Recent national events spotlighting long-standing social injustice have been impacting many of us at Mizzou, including incidents of hate that have occurred on our campus. Learn more about coping with social injustice.

Lovingly care for your body by cultivating a positive body image mindset. We all come with different messages we have heard about our exterior body. Learn more about cultivating a positive body image.

CHEERS is a program designed to increase the number of designated drivers throughout the state of Missouri. STRIPES provides safe and confidential rides home for MU students, without judgment and at no cost to the patron.

Don’t expect too much from one another. Roommates don’t have to be best friends. Getting along with each other is all that is necessary. Learn more about getting along with your roommate.

Mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being. We can’t always avoid mental health challenges, but there are things we can do to improve our ability to cope with difficult situations and mental health concerns. Learn more about your mental health.

Getting quality restorative sleep is important to our well-being. With quality sleep we have sharper attention, focus to problem solve, memory retention, greater creativity and function at high levels of our abilities. It can be hard to get good sleep in college, try some of these ideas. Learn more about sleep.

You may be the first or only person to know when a friend is dealing with very difficult emotions or life challenges. It can be hard to know how to respond or what to do. Learn more about supporting a friend.

If you have questions about what we offer or how we might be able to work with you to support your programs, please contact Christy Hutton, Director of the Wellness Resource Center.