PittMed Wellness was created by the PittMed Wellness Committee to aid students in accessing the numerous resources available to them at PittMed and in the greater Pittsburgh area. Medical school can be both an exciting and stressful time, with students encountering new academic and emotional challenges on a daily basis. As medical students, we hope to one day have the privalege to take care of others when they are at their most vulnerable. At times we forget that in order to care for others effectively, we must first take care of ourselves. Maintaining a focus on balance and wellness will help us to achieve our goals while staying healthy and happy!
WHAT IS THE WELLNESS COMMITTEE?
The Wellness Committee is a student organization at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine focused on all dimensions of student wellness. The Wellness Committee hopes to improve wellness resources and increase student awareness of the many existing resources and student organizations focused on wellness.
WHAT IS WELLNESS?
Wellness is more than a state; it is an active process. To achieve balance in our lives we must become aware of our circumstances and constantly strive to improve and move towards a more fulfilling existence. We can achieve this by continually gathering information and making decisions that are in our best interest.
WHAT IS THE WELLNESS WHEEL?
The PittMed Wellness logo (pictured below) is a modified wellness wheel.
The wellness wheel visually represents the different dimensions of wellness–intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, occupational, emotional and environmental. Each dimension of wellness comprises a portion of the circle.
The idea behind the wellness wheel can be best understood through an analogy. Imagine a tire that has 7 air compartments, each represented by a dimension of wellness. Should any one air compartment become overinflated, other air compartments become stressed due to increased pressure, causing the tire to become lopsided and perform sub-optimally. Similarly, should any single area of wellness be given priority, other areas will suffer and our wellness will be compromised. Thus, we must maintain a balanced approach to wellness.
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS?
The dimensions of wellness work together to contribute to our quality of life.
- Intellectual Wellness: Intellectual Wellness is defined by our desire to learn new information and open our mind to new ideas and experiences. Seeking challenges and constantly striving for improvement aid in the maintenance of our Intellectual Wellness.
- Social Wellness: Social Wellness is defined by our capacity to form meaningful connections and relationships with others.
- Physical Wellness: Physical Wellness is defined by our ability to apply our commitment and motivation to our personal health goals. Maintaining physical fitness and healthy diet choices while avoiding harmful habits contributes to Physical Wellness.
- Spiritual Wellness: Spiritual Wellness is defined by our ability to establish personal peace. Achieving Spiritual Wellness is a very personal process that can include a variety of things, including attending religious gatherings to reflecting internally.
- Occupational Wellness: Occupational Wellness is defined by our ability to derive pleasure from our professional ventures while maintaining balance.
- Emotional Wellness: Emotional Wellness is defined by our ability to understand and process our emotions and feelings and derive pleasure from our lives despite stressors.
- Environmental Wellness: Environmental Wellness is defined by our awareness of our environment and its impact on our day-to-day lives.