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The Eight Dimensions of Wellness





Click/Tap each icon for information about each Dimension of Wellness and related resources


There are eight major dimensions of life that impact your overall wellness, and it is important to pursue or maintain healthy habits in each of these areas. Each dimension of wellness plays a role in your personal satisfaction and sense of well-being, and these dimensions are interconnected.

The experience of being human is a dynamic process, unique to every individual. It’s a personal journey evolving over a lifetime. Optimum wellness results from the intentional integration of eight fundamental dimensions of wellbeing, all of which require sound personal health choices relative to your own goals and values. By taking a mindful moment daily, weekly, or monthly to consider whether you are taking the necessary actions, and knowing at any point where one may be doing well and where one may need additional attention, we are more likely to find the balance and optimal wellness for which we are striving. Adjustments are often best achieved in small increments, not ‘all or none’ approaches. Making a change one or two steps at a time or making small incremental changes followed by self-evaluation is usually a process that works best for most of us. Try to remember the mantra, “progress, not perfection, is what I am striving for.”


emotional-wellness-iconEmotional wellness is a broad dimension that incorporates self-care, stress management, and self-regulation with one’s emotions.

  • Understanding one’s self and adequately facing the challenges of life.
  • Managing emotional reactions such as anxiety and depression (when they begin to limit one’s ability to function with confidence).
  • Learning to manage emotional reactions to stress is critical in attaining emotional balance and well-being.
  • Identifying an emotional area of concern and employing coping, persistence, and resilience skills when possible is an important factor to achieving wellness.

World Health Organization Mental Well-being Resources

Health and wellness resources provided by WHO.

The following are articles published by the Greater Good Magazine at UC Berkeley:

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace

How Friends Help You Regulate Your Emotions

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid – Ted Talk.  Stop Emotional Bleeding, Protect Your Self-Esteem, and Battle Negative Thinking (stop ruminating).

The Secret to Building Resilience – focus on providing a variety of connections that help us be more resilient “when we encounter major life or professional challenges.”

Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure – “The key to resilience is trying really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying again.“

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Social-Wellness-IconSocial wellness relies on developing healthy relationships with your family, friends, and community.

  • Ability to successfully interact with people in our world.
  • Participating in and feeling connected to your community.
  • Enhanced by establishing supportive social networks through meaningful relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Includes making friends and having fun in a safe and healthy way while using social skills (active listening, relating to others, expressing compassion and empathy, community engagement, expressing genuine interactions with others) –to make ourselves feel safe, included and supported.
  • Important to realize we each have different personalities, previous life experiences and different likes/dislikes that may inform how, when, and where we prefer to interact with others.
  • Regardless, it is important to take time to reflect on and understand what your own unique social preferences are and to appreciate and value those.
  • It is helpful and healthy to stretch and challenge ourselves socially –but we all benefit from not trying to be something we simply are not.

Ideas for connecting with others, in person when possible or virtually:

  • Work and study dates
  • Dinners and happy hours
  • Book clubs
  • Hiking outdoors with friends or family


A website where you can find and participate in local in-person events and activities to find friends, share a hobby, or network.


Discover local events in your area.

NIH Social Wellness Toolkit

Learn about 7 strategies for improving your social health including how to make connections, bond with your kids, build healthy relationships, shape your family’s health habits, etc.

Six Techniques to Help you Bridge Differences

In 2020, the Greater Good Science Center partnered with NationSwell and Einhorn Collaborative to produce a series of videos about some of the most exciting, science-based solutions to our social and political divisions. Here are some highlights from that partnership.

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Spiritual-wellness-IconSpiritual wellness is composed of one’s personal beliefs and values – but does not necessarily have to be affiliated with a religion. This dimension of wellness aids us in the search for purpose in our lives.

  • Recognizes our search for purpose in human existence.
  • Involves cultivating meaning in life and finding connections to the world outside yourself.
  • Works to align actions, beliefs, and values to promote wellness.
  • Religion may play a part in spirituality but there are many different ways to explore and express spirituality depending on personal beliefs, cultural contexts, and upbringing.
  • It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others.
  • It is best to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs –this promotes wellness and being true to oneself.

One-Minute Guided Meditation

Audio with instructions to help you meditate. Paid mindfulness sessions also available.


Mindfulness and breathing exercises available online, at a reduced/free cost for students.

Mindfulness via Webex

20-minute mindfulness sessions offered Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 12:15 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 am and 4 pm.

Dartmouth Guided Audio Recordings

Mindfulness recordings for deep breathing and relaxation, guided imagery and visualization exercises, meditation, and progressive relaxation exercises.

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career-wellness-iconOccupational wellness involves balancing your work, school, and home life, as well as gaining a sense of fulfillment with the work that you do.

  • Personal satisfaction and enrichment through work/occupation.
  • Fulfillment from the chosen career field while maintaining balance in life.
  • The desire to contribute to a career to make a positive impact.
  • Contribute unique gifts/skills/talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding

Short Online Work Life Balance Course

Self-paced course to help guide work-life balance.

Student Tutoring

Free tutoring services are available for Pharm.D. students through the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs and the Rho Chi Honor Society. It is highly recommended that students seek help from their course TA and Course Director if they have a grade lower than a B in any class.

Wellness Strategies for Those Experiencing Microaggressions Plus Workplace Stress (recorded webinar)

Note: This is a free on-demand webinar. Registration is required to view the on-demand session.

In this webinar, two librarians and a counselor educator shared strategies for personal responses by individuals, allies and up-standers, and discussed ways to change workplace culture.

CDC NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series

Free webinar series aimed at providing the latest research and case studies for protecting the safety and health of workers everywhere.  Includes a variety of topics like Advancing Working Family Well Being, Sedentary Work, and Workplace Stress. Created by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

5 Ways to Boost your Resilience at Work – exercise mindfulness, compartmentalize your cognitive load, take detachment breaks, develop mental agility, and cultivate compassion.

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Financial-Wellness-IconFinancial wellness involves being aware of your financial situation, including creating a plan for the future and understanding how different aspects of finance work.

  • Acknowledges that everyone’s financial circumstances are different.
  • Involves setting and achieving short and long-term personal financial goals within the context of resources available to us.
  • Regardless of financial situation, we all benefit from thinking critically about what are our actual needs, versus wants, versus extras.
  • Student loans can impact wellness –mounting student debt can be a stressor –so learning more about finances and repayment options is key.
  • Credit cards can be a risk for students and the high interest they charge –students should only charge what is essential.


Free online financial education course.

The White Coat Investor: 

Financial blog catered to medical professionals.


Budget tracking and planner app to help you manage your spending.

Financial and loan management

Video on financial and loan management. Note: ONYEN required to view.

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environment-iconEnvironmental wellness involves understanding how humans impact the environment and making choices that keep our planet healthy. Environmental wellness can be improved in a number of ways, such as by adopting environmentally-friendly or sustainable living practices, or by spending more time in nature.

  • Achieved by gaining an understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment.
  • Environmental circumstances can impact our health and wellness.

Social environment:

  • The arena in which people interact with others through personal interaction or electronically.
  • Example of a negative environment: peer pressure –bullying, character assassination, body shaming, personal attacks can have a negative effect
  • Example of a positive environment –praise, compliments, and empathy can have a positive impact.

Built environment:

  • How we set up the area we live, study, and socialize in.
  • The area that we have the most control. §Our home can be our retreat and respite place and can turn there for relaxation/renewal.
  • Important to make our living environment comfortable.

Natural environment:

  • The ecosystem around us –air, water, earth, plant life, wildlife–impact our health and wellness.
  • Getting outside and experiencing nature in various ways is essential to well-being.
  • Particularly connected to physical and emotional health

NIH Environmental Wellness Toolkit

Learn about 7 strategies for improving your environmental health. More resources are available here too.

Carolina Community Garden

Work alongside other members of the Chapel Hill community to yield fresh sustainable produce.

Edible Campus UNC

Volunteer with other students at UNC to grow food that will be recirculated back into the Carolina Community.

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Physical-wellness-iconPhysical wellness consists of nutrition, exercise, and health care choices. There are a variety of ways to improve one’s physical wellness.

  • Not considered a “one size fits all” when considering physical health, activity levels, and body size.
  • Involves maintaining a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
  • Not only the absence of illness but also living a thriving, active life –whatever that means for the individual.
  • Adopting healthy habits (e.g. routine medical exams, immunizations, balanced diet, daily exercise, sufficient rest, managing stress).
  • Avoiding or minimizing higher risk choices and behaviors (e.g. tobacco, drugs, alcohol).

My Fitness Pal

Track calories, exercises, and break down ingredients in foods with this app.

Hiking in North Carolina

Information for popular hiking spots across NC.

Nike Run Club:

Run with friends, and track your progress.

American Heart Association Move More Together At Home Workouts

YouTube playlist featuring guided mindful meditation, yoga, strength and cardio workouts, dance parties and more.

American Heart Association Healthy for GoodTM Movement

Join the movement for free to get easy tips and tools to build healthy habits for life including tasty recipes, shareable tips, videos and hacks.


Free combinations of workouts for quick exercise throughout the day ranging from yoga to arm exercises to leg exercises to self defense and more.

UNC Campus Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports offer the opportunity for participants to compete against their peers in a friendly and structured environment through a variety of team sports and individual/dual activities that fit their needs.

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Itellectual-Wellness-IconIntellectual wellness is fostered by keeping your brain active and by continually learning.

  • Involves opening our minds to new ideas and experiences (“growth mindset”) that can be applied to personal decisions, group interactions, and community betterment.
  • Includes learning in and out of the classroom and using knowledge to inform future decision-making.
  • Acknowledges that you are here to grow and develop your mind for both a solid experience and for your future career.

Online Psychological First Aid App

Become trained for psychological first aid.

The Science of Well-being

A free online course by Yale Professor Laurie Santos that will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.

EdX online course platform

Access online courses with subjects ranging from computer science, language, humanities, business and finances, etc. Most classes can be audited for free, or you can pay to receive CE credits or a certificate.

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Eshelman Embedded Counselor

Ardith Burkes, Beard 109 M. Email: to schedule an appointment

Campus Health

Campus Health appointments are being made by phone 919-966-2281 or you may request an appointment on the Healthy Heels Portal and a scheduling staff will call you back.

CIPhER Wellness Sessions

Stress First Aid

Eshelman Care Referral

Eshelman Care Referral

Faculty Resources

Faculty Resources: Teaching After Tragedy

CAPS (24/7 Phone Line)

Counseling and Psychological Services


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Suicide Hotline


Suicide and Crisis Hotline


Suicide Prevention

These resources are designed to be used as an initial “bridge” of support until you can establish yourself at a long-term care provider.

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs has student support (OSA Student Support) for Pharm.D., Ph.D. and MS students, which can be accessed for immediate service.

Heels Care Network

The Heels Care Network website is  a place for all Tar Heels — undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and post-docs, as well as faculty and staff — to come together in support of each other and access the many mental health and well-being resources at Carolina.

CAPS Regular Hours 

Counseling and psychological services, addressing the mental health needs of students. Please only visit Campus Health after calling first (919-966-2281) and scheduling an appointment.

CIPhER Wellness Sessions

Enhancing Well-Being Through Mindfulness Part 1

Enhancing Well-Being Through Mindfulness Part 2

The Need for Emotional PPE to Foster Well-Being and Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resiliency in Challenging and Turbulent Times

Feeling Safe to Speak: How to Foster Psychological Safe and Inclusive Environments

Employee Assistance Program 

EAP is a program is for UNC employees that provides confidential counseling by phone (877-314-5841) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You or family members may call or visit at any time to receive counseling.

  • First time users can create a free account using Web ID: TARHEELS
  • On the go? Download the “GuidanceResources Now” app with web ID: TARHEELS

UNC Peer2Peer Group

Peer2Peer is a student-led group that advocates for the mental well-being of the members within our community through peer support. We offer free one-to-one sessions to talk with a peer responder with the option of remaining anonymous. Open to any graduate and undergraduate students at UNC.


Peer support and connection for graduate, professional, and postgraduate students

Community-based Wellness Coaching for Carolina Students

At Student Wellness, our focus is helping students excel academically and socially as they face many opportunities and challenges.

Session Characteristics:

  • Meet 1 on 1 with a professional coach as often as you request (usually weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Sessions last 45-60 minutes and are private and virtual
  • Coaching partnerships are long-term and can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months (or beyond)
  • Areas of focus can include, but aren’t limited to: stress management, self-care practices, sleep hygiene or refining your life vision and values.

Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Resources

Culturally and identify affirming means recognizing and affirming others’ culture, identities, and experiences with respect and high regard. As part of the School’s endorsed Well-being improvement plan to promote resources on finding inclusive support both on and off campus, below are select culturally and identity affirming mental health resources.

University-Based Culturally Sensitive Resources

Resource and Link  Description
Carolina Collaborative for Resilience Provides caring & compassionate support by pairing undergraduate & graduate students with Resilience Coaches

Aim to provide individualized support that each student needs to thrive and cope with the challenges related to identity, race, belonging, and resilience.

CAPS Multicultural Health Program Centers the needs of Black, Indigenous & Students of Color at UNC Chapel Hill

Offers: brief therapy, group therapy, outreach events & liaison relationships between students & CAPS

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month Resources Page Centers the needs of Black, Indigenous & Students of Color at UNC Chapel Hill

Offers resources at the bottom of their webpage for this population

External General and Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Resources

Please note: The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these resources.

General Mental Health Information

Resource and Link  Description
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline

800-950-NAMI (6264)


The NAMI Helpline can be reached Monday through Friday,

10 a.m. – 10 p.m., EST
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (available in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call, text, or chat 9-8-8

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline). Connect to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network

External Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Information

Resource and Link  Description
JED Equity in Mental Health Framework Provides a framework around recommendations for colleges & universities to support the mental health for students of color
Centers for American Progress General information around mental health support for students of color during & after the coronavirus pandemic
First Generation General information around first generation students, the COVID-19 pandemic and technology access
Mental Health in Underserved Students General information around the importance of colleges to ensure that the mental health of marginalized and underserved students is a top concern

Culturally/Identity Affirmative Mental Health Resources

Asian American And Pacific Islander
NAMI Resources for those who identify as AAPI

Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI)

Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)

Asian Mental Health Collective **

Asian Pride Project

Black/African American
NAMI Resources for those who identify as Black/African American

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

Black Men Heal **

Black Mental Health Alliance

Black Mental Wellness

Therapy for Black Girls **

NAMI Resources for those who identify as Indigenous

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services American Indian/Alaska Native Information and Resources

Circles of Care: Creating Models of Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

One Sky Center  (503-970-7895)**


Middle Eastern or North African

Barriers to Mental Health: The Middle Eastern Experience

Wilson Center: Demystifying Mental Health in MENA

AMENA Psychological Association: About Us- Amenapsy**

NAMI Resources for those who identify as Hispanic/Latine

Therapy for Latinx **

Mental Health America’s Resources for Latinx/Hispanic Communities

American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry

NAMI Resources for those who identify as LGBTQI

The LGBT National Help Center

The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

The Trevor Project

SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline

Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860)

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network**

People With Disabilities
NAMI Resources for people with disabilities

Employer Assistance and Resources Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion


American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

NC Therapists specializing in Physical Disability (Therapy Den)**

**Resources labeled with a star (above) also have the option of searching for therapists

Resources for Finding Therapists

Ability to select by broader cultural and social identify preferences, including spirituality/faith, and payment.

Search Engine Description
Ability to select by broader cultural and social identify preferences, including spirituality/faith, and payment
Inclusive Therapists General search engine with ability to select by preferences and payment
Psychology Today General search engine with ability to select by preferences and payment
Therapy Den General search engine with ability to select by preferences and payment
More focused selection by cultural and social identify preferences and payment
Open Path Therapists General search engine that focuses on affordable and affirming mental health
Innopsych Focused on finding therapists of color
Ayana Therapy Focused on finding therapy for intersectional communities
Hurdle Health Focused on culturally affirming mental health care
Brown Girl Therapy

Instagram: @browngirltherapy

Mental health community for children of immigrants, promoting therapy, biculturalism, and social justice
Health in her HUE A digital platform connecting Black women and women of color to culturally competent healthcare providers, health content, and community.
AMENA-Psy Therapy Focused on connecting American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African individuals with culturally sensitive healthcare providers

Online Therapy Services

Service and Link Description
Fig Tree Counseling


Culturally affirmative psychotherapy; specialties include people of color, queer/LGBTQIA, gender affirmative therapy, social justice informed therapy, transracial adoptee, Asian-American mental health & social identity
BetterHelp * Offers communication with licensed therapists via exchanging messages, live chatting, speaking over the phone, and video conferencing
Talkspace * Offers comprehensive online mental health treatment options and the ability to select your provider from a list of recommendations after completing a brief assessment

*Some have reported costs as prohibitive



COVID-Specific Resources


The JED Team Coronavirus Resource Guide

Provides resources and tips for protecting mental health and supporting each other during the COVID-19 pandemic

CDC COVID Resources for Mental Health

The following are articles published by the Greater Good Magazine at UC Berkeley:

Six Ways to Manage Coronavirus Depression



Your Home Office and Your Health

Article providing tips on how to properly set up your home office

How to Find Your Focus While Working from Home

Provides helpful tips to staying focused during the quarantine.



UNC Campus Recreation Free On-Demand Fitness Classes

At-home exercise and meal prepping videos.






Virtual Museum Tours

Visit popular museums from across the world virtually.

Google Arts and Culture

Explore famous sites and watch live performances.