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Intellectual Wellbeing

Intellectual Wellness is being open to new ideas, thinking critically, and seeking out new challenges. It is being creative, curious, and engaging in lifelong learning.

Signs of Intellectual Wellbeing

  • being a critical thinker
  • developing good time management and study skills
  • being able to challenge yourself to see all sides of an issue
  • developing your own ideas, views, and opinions
  • exposing yourself to new ideas, people, and beliefs different from your own
  • being aware of what you stand for

Ways to Nourish Your Intellectual Root

  • Make quiet time to complete homework.
  • Identify classes/projects that are exciting and rewarding.
  • Arrange study space to be comfortable, comforting.
  • Seek regular assistance (tutors, Dean, faculty, etc.).
  • Take a break during the day (lunch, nap, walk).
  • Set limits to how many activities you’re involved with.
  • Engage your intellect in new areas (attend a cultural event, theater, read a book on something you know nothing about, learn about a friend’s favorite sport).
  • Take time and be open to talk with other classmates about how they are doing (with the class and in general).
  • Balance your workload so that no one day or part of your day is just too much.
  • Meet with your professors in their office hours.


Roots of Wellness adapted from Wellness, UNH Health Services.

Last Updated: 1/28/16