Wellness Resources

We recognize that during times of social distancing, continual change, and beyond, a variety of factors can influence our health and wellness. The Duck Nest is here to support you in that journey. We want to provide you with resources from within the UO community and beyond. We've divided these into eight different dimensions of wellness. 

The eight dimensions of wellness can serve as a guide to living a positive lifestyle and move beyond surviving to thriving! We know it's always a challenge to be well in all categories at once. Instead think about your overall wellness needs and goals and try to create as much balance as possible between the different dimensions. 

Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is about recognizing the need for and pursuing regular movement, adequate amounts of sleep, food that fuels your brain and body, and practicing safe behaviors.

  • Move your body: Movement helps relieve stress and contributes to overall wellness.
    • The Rec is here to support you in all of your movement needs. Check out Rec Workouts for in-person classes, follow @uorecfitness on Instagram, and watch UO Rec Fitness on YouTube for workouts at home.
    • It is important to engage in movement that feels good and celebrates your body! If you would like to explore body acceptance more, the Body Love Society is an evidence-based, four-week discussion group for female identifying students that meets weekly to talk about unhealthy beauty standards and promotes body acceptance on campus. 
  • Sleep: Rest is just as important as everything else. 
    • Restlessness is a common concern faced by students. Learn how to cope by checking out this quick article on Trouble Sleeping
    • Counseling Services has released a podcast, Duck Tails. The first episode discusses how to get good sleep.
    • In addition, the Duck Nest (EMU 041) has sleep kits available for you to pick up.
  • Nutrition and Food Security: Try and provide your body the energy it needs to face what every day brings. 
  • Practicing Safe Behaviors:
    • Protect your lungs. Quit vaping and smoking.
    • Learn about safer sex supplies, signing-up for Protection Connection's newsletter, getting screened for STIs, and other sexual health resources.
    • The Dean of Students is a great resource for sexual violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, hazing prevention, helping a friend, and accessing an online prevention course.
  • More General Tips and Information:

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness promotes mental wellbeing. It involves learning to cope effectively with life, cultivating a positive attitude, and expressing feels in an appropriate manner. 

Social Wellness

Social wellness is about developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. It includes building and maintaining healthy relationships and finding ways to be in community with others. 

  • Coping Strategies: Learn the best ways to cope with social wellbeing and relationships:
  • Community of Care: This is a difficult time for everyone, and we encourage folks to lean on each other in addition to seeking support from Counseling Services. This contributes to each of us cultivating a Community of Care. Here's how you can help:
    • Counseling Services has a page and the Duck Nest has a video on how to support a friend.
    • Kognito: an evidence-based online, interactive module where you can learn how to support a friend in distress. This module is free and available to all UO students, faculty, and staff.
  • UO Communities: Our communities and resources are here to help you find those people who will make the most of your time here at the UO.

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness encourages you to be a lifelong learner. In this you'll learn to recognize your creative abilities and find ways to expand knowledge and skills through both your formal classroom learning and your hobbies and interests. 

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness happens when we extend our sense of purpose and meaning in life and this is based on a core set of values and beliefs. 

Financial Wellness

Financial wellness happens when you make responsible decisions to live within your means and set financial goals today that will positively impact your financial future. 

  • Financial Resources:
    • UO Financial aid and scholarship resources
    • Check out the Financial Wellness Center, which hosts interactive campus-wide workshops, lessons, and resources to help students manage their money by budgeting and borrowing money responsibly, understanding credit, and making informed decisions regarding their finances.
    • Support is now available for the Students in Crisis Fund to help students who are dealing with serious financial disruptions. If you are in a crisis that could negatively affect your academics, please call 541-346-3216 or visit dos.uoregon.edu.
  • Basic Needs:

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellbeing has a focus on achieving good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support your wellbeing. This includes choosing a lifestyle committed toward sustaining the Earth's natural environment. 

Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is about engaging in work and studies that are meaningful, enjoyable, and align with personal values. We can find this through activities like volunteering, employment, or career preparation. 

  • The Career Center: Students and alumni receive the support they need to gain professional experience, make meaning out of past experiences, and choose meaningful future plans.
  • The Holden Center: Develop your unique talents and leadership skills in order to affect positive change and engage our community.
    • Discover your purpose with leadership development programs like leadership workshops and leadership consultations.
    • LeaderShape Institute will challenge you to dig down into the deepest parts of yourself and find what you value most. During a dynamic, challenging, and exciting week, you will find out what it means to live with integrity, and return with a breakthrough vision for changing our world and the skills to make it happen.
    • Learn how your strengths stand out and will make your team stronger with the CliftonStrengths assessment and consultation.
  • Volunteering: 
    • Volunteer at the Duck Nest as a Peer Wellness Facilitator. The program is a peer-to-peer volunteer organization that provides educational, non-judgmental health information and resources to the UO community.
    • The Holden Center has many service opportunities, including DuckCorps, Days of Service, and creating your own service program.
    • Explore opportunities on campus by joining a campus club or organization.
    • Idealist allows you to exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps towards building a better world.
    • Volunteer March matches you with causes you care about and causes that need volunteers and that are local to your current location.
    • AmeriCorps engages people in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country. 
    • Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world.
  • Resources: