Wellness at NIU Law

The NIU College of Law collaborates with the NIU Well-being initiative and we're committed to your physical and mental well-being as an NIU Law student. We encourage you to explore both campus and NIU Law resources that will help you make healthy choices every day. One of these resources is the meditation, prayer and lactation room located in the Law Library. Assistant Dean of Students Anita Maddali can also help students connect to campus resources.

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness

Explore the 7 Dimensions of Wellness to find campus and NIU Law resources to help support your wellness.


Physical wellness involves engaging in practices that help your body function at optimal levels.

When you support your physical wellness, you are able to:

  • Demonstrate self-care habits.
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise 3-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.
  • Engage in a variety of physical activities to include cardio, strength and flexibility.
  • Sleep 7-9 hours a night.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Manage stress.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive or illegal use of alcohol.
  • Get regular checkups and seek medical attention when necessary.

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Occupational wellness involves choosing a career that is consistent with your values, interests and beliefs to enhance job satisfaction as well as being aware of and understanding your personal financial situation.

When you support your occupational wellness, you are able to:

  • Gain a sense of meaning and purpose through your career.
  • Be passionate about your work.
  • Maintain healthy work/life balance.
  • Participate in professional developmental opportunities.
  • Set short and long term work goals.
  • Limit and track spending.
  • Save money.
  • Understand your personal finances.

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Intellectual wellness is the pursuit of lifelong learning through formal education and informal life experiences to expand knowledge, improve skills and explore new interests.

When you support your intellectual wellness, you are able to:

  • Think critically and creatively.
  • Understand and be open to divergent views.
  • Adapt to changes, new information and differing perceptions.
  • Participate in cultural, scholastic and community activities.
  • Stay up-to-date on current events.
  • Actively seek experiences to grow and learn.

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Environmental wellness involves adopting lifestyle practices that actively help to create a safe, supportive and sustainable environment.

When you support your environmental wellness, you are able to:

  • Understand your impact and interaction with nature.
  • Conserve resources and limit pollution.
  • Recycle, reuse materials and reduce wasteful consumption.
  • Protect yourself from hazards in the environment. For example:
    • Reduce allergens in your home.
    • Wear sunscreen.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home.
    • Ensure your home has good ventilation.
  • Choose to help improve your environment.

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Emotional wellness includes having awareness and acceptance of a wide range of feelings in yourself and others.

When you support your emotional wellness, you are able to:

  • Express feelings appropriately.
  • Practice healthy coping skills.
  • Manage stress.
  • Seek support when needed.
  • Take time to relax.
  • Create and maintain healthy connections.
  • Strive to accept self unconditionally.
  • Maintain a high self-esteem.
  • Portray a positive attitude.
  • Practice emotional resiliency.

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Social wellness involves building supportive relationships, as well as relating to and connecting with others.

When you support your social wellness you are able to:

  • Continuously improve social skills.
  • Contribute to the welfare and social justice of the community.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Make time for leisure and recreation.
  • Possess supportive social network.
  • Support and interact with diverse individuals.
  • Form positive and supportive relationships.

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Spiritual wellness is the ongoing process of finding meaning, purpose and direction in your life.

When you support your spiritual wellness you are able to:

  • Develop and express values, beliefs, attitudes, ethics and morals that are consistent with actions.
  • Be open minded about others’ beliefs.
  • Engage in self-reflection.
  • Find harmony with others and within your self.
  • Develop and maintain a mind-body connection.
  • Practice meditation, prayer, yoga and/or other reflection activities.

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