Days of Action

The Community Social Work Team works with partners from across campus on "Days of Action", providing information, engaging in discussion, and challenging stigma at the University of Alberta.

World Health Day is observed internationally on April 7

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

We acknowledge that we are at a time of adversity right now due to COVID-19 and that we are all taking measures to take care of ourselves and others.  As we observe World Health Day this year, we encourage you to recognize all the effort you have put into taking care of your wellness and the health of those around you.

What do we mean when we talk about wellness?

 According to the National Wellness Institude (2020), wellness can be defined as a:

  • Conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving our full potential
  • Multi-dimensional and holistic lifestyle encompassing mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  • Positive and affirming 

When we look at wellness—especially during the covid-19 pandemic—we can find practical strategies to inspire us to take care of ourselves through the seven dimensions of wellness.

Physical Wellness
Create opportunities for healthy eating, active living, and self-care practices that support your health and wellness. Though physical wellness during a pandemic can look like choosing healthy foods at the same time as having foods that make us feel good but less nutritious, maintaining activity through at-home workouts or going for a walk outside while practicing social distancing are ways you can contribute to your physical wellness.
Social Wellness

Develop and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, and support the diversity of your communities through knowledge, acceptance, and understanding. For example, social wellness during a pandemic might include staying connected virtually through video chats with your friends, family, work colleagues, classmates. Now, more than ever, is when we should be checking in with each other!

Emotional & Mental Wellness

Accept and explore who you are, enhance your inner resources to reduce stress and maintain a positive outlook on life. Emotional and mental wellness during a pandemic might involve getting comfortable with all of the emotions and feelings that come with adjusting to a different way of living. It's also a time where you might allow yourself to grieve the loss of the feelings attached to your normal day-to-day activities.

Spiritual Wellness

Develop your mind-body connection to foster personal growth and support mental and emotional wellness. To illustrate, spiritual wellness during a pandemic could look like creating space for your mind-body connection despite not being able to congregate in the space of worship. As an alternative, you may consider connecting online with those who have a similar faith.

Financial Wellness

Manage your financial situation wisely. During a pandemic, financial wellness might include identifying and managing the aspects you can control regarding your finances.

Academic Wellness

Expand your knowledge, create networks, and continue to challenge your mind. For instance, use this opportunity to access free online courses to stimulate your mind, or read a book for fun. Most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself throughout the changes that are occurring as you migh not be overly focused on learning something new at this time. 

Environmental Wellness

Create a safe, supportive, inclusive and sustainable community that recognizes the impact of personal and social environmental decisions. Currently, how we practice our natural environment has changed due to the pandemic, but there are opportunities for you to focus and direct your attention to your home environment. Continue to do what you can to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, including becoming more aware of the feelings you associate to the space you are inhabiting and appreciating the spaces in your house that you do enjoy. You can also try to create a dedicated work and/or study space.

World Health Day Resources