Wellness is not merely the absence of illness or distress – it is a lifelong process of making decisions to live a more balanced and meaningful life.
There are always opportunities for enhancing your wellness. A good way to start is by evaluating your current state and establishing systems to guide you towards a fuller sense of well-being.
The Wellness Wheel describes the integration of 7 important dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.
Remember that it is unrealistic for you to be improving in all of these 7 dimensions at the same time. Identify which dimension you need to focus on right now, and start making an action plan.
- Princeton University community members: Log in using your NetID to take the electronic Princeton UMatter Wellness Self-Assessment, develop an action plan, and have your results emailed to you.
- Non-Princeton University users: Create an account to access the electronic Princeton UMatter Wellness Self-Assessment, develop an action plan, and have your results emailed to you.
- Print and use the Princeton UMatter Wellness Self-Assessment (PDF)*.
* The Princeton UMatter Wellness Self-Assessment is a tool created by Princeton University’s UMatter initiative. It is intended for individual level self-reflection and goal-setting. In its current form, it is not a validated tool and should not be used for research or diagnostic purposes. It is not an objective assessment of wellness, but rather individual perception of wellness. Permission for appropriate use, outside of individual reflection, is required. Please complete this form to request use of the tool for those purposes.
Now that you've identified areas of wellness you thrive in and those areas that may need greater attention through the Wellness Self-Assessment, start developing an action plan with concrete and realistic steps you can take towards healthier habits and better well-being. You can use ourUMatter Wellness Guide to help you.
Consider using this tool periodically to see how your wellness changes over time and to see the impact of working on your goals.
Princeton community members, if you wish to discuss the results with someone or have concerns about your score, please contact us. Undergraduate and graduate students can also request a Wellness Wheel Workshop for a facilitated session.
Learn about each dimension of wellness and related campus-resources to help you take action:
- Emotional Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
- Intellectual Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
- Physical Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
Watch Princeton students and staff share how they engage in the different aspects of wellness.