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SEPAS Balanced Wellness    

       
STUDENT'S GUIDE TO SEPAS BALANCED WELLNESS
SEPAS Balanced Wellness is about recognising the importance of the different wellness areas of your life and taking active steps to keep them in check. Celebrate the areas in which you are doing well in and find ways to improve other parts of your life you are not satisfied with. Use the tips to help you achieve balance in each of the five wellness areas of your life!    balanced wellness.png
(I) SOCIAL WELLNESS
 Understand
Wellness
Social wellness is about creating and maintaining good relationships with others in our lives. We have the power to enhance our relationships with friends and family, and make a difference in the lives of others!
 Ask Yourself Who are the important people in my life?
  Take Control!
Make time for family and friends
We share our joys and sorrows with our family and friends. Look after your relationships! Spend some quality time together by taking part in common activities of interest.

Form new relationships 
It is important to make new friends. To meet new people, join a new activity or simply start saying "Hi!" to students from other classes. Who knows, it may blossom into a lifelong friendship!

Offer support to others
When your friend has a problem, how do you help? Sometimes, all you have to do is be a good listener. Show your friend that you are there to support him/her through the hard times. If the problem is too huge for your friend to handle, encourage him/her to share it with an adult -who may be able to help.
       
         (II) EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
  Understand
Wellness
Emotional wellness is about recognising, communicating and managing your feelings, thoughts and actions well. We need to be strong and resilient in order to face the challenges that life has to offer.       
 Ask Yourself How do I deal with the ups and downs of life?
 Take Control!
Don't be afraid to express your emotions appropriately.
Experiencing and expressing emotions is a natural part of life. Expressing bad feelings makes it easier to let go and move on. However, think before you speak. Be clear in your communication about what is making you feel upset without blaming the other part. Move the conversation towards how such incidents could be avoided in the future.

Talk to someone when you are feeling down.

Feeling sad or nervous is part of life. 
Sharing your problem with someone you trust (e.g. your parent, school counsellor or teacher) will help you feel more supported.

Have realistic expectations of yourself
Sometimes, the goals that we set for ourselves may be so high that we cannot fulfil them. Recheck your goals and break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. 

Surround yourself with positive thoughts 
Is your glass half empty or half full? There is always more than one way of looking at a situation. Every time a negative thought comes to your mind, fight it with a positive thought! Keep positive energy in your life by surrounding yourself with positive people. 

Don't let set-backs get you down
Learn from real-life resilience heroes and find out what your Bounce Back factor is. 
(III) PHYSICAL WELLNESS
 Understand
Wellness
Physical wellness is maintained through good nutrition and regular exercise. It is also about making responsible decisions on our health and seeking medical help when necessary.     
 Ask Yourself Am I taking good care of my body?       
 Take Control!
Eat breakfast! 
Skipping breakfast is an unwise decision as it can lead to overeating later in the day.

Eat sensibly 
Learn more about what you eat and how it will affect your energy and mood. Bear in mind that moderation is key. 

Get enough rest 
Most people require 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day in order to function properly. Insufficient sleep leads to a decrease in motivation, concentration and academic performance. Keep to regular bed times.  

Exercise regularly
Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress. It is easy to make exercise part of your life. Take the stairs instead of elevator and walk if the distance between bus stops is short. 

Avoid harmful behaviors 
Smoking, drug-taking and other risky behaviours have long-term negative effects on our health. Do not engage in such behaviors! 

Visit the doctor when necessary
Your body will show signs when you are about to fall ill, such as having a sore throat. Learn to recognise these signs. Visit the doctor when necessary.  
(IV) ACADEMIC WELLNESS         
 Understand
Wellness
Academic wellness is about maintaining a good balance between doing well and coping well in school.        
 Ask Yourself     How am I managing my learning and schoolwork?        
 Take Control!
Find interest in your work
Studying is not just about passing an exam. It is about learning more about the world around you. Look for new and interesting things to take away from each lesson. 

Manage your time well
A planned schedule ensures that you put aside enough time for the different tasks according to their level of importance, putting you in control of your time. Prepare for your classes.

You  can make lessons more useful by preparing before classes. Reading your textbook beforehand makes it easier for you to understand what is being taught. Write down anything you do not understand and come prepared to ask questions in class. Such active learning will help you remember better.

Be a well-rounded student
You don't have to be in the classroom in order to learn! Take time to explore the ongoing activities in school and develop new areas of your life. 

Take time to unwind
Reserve time in your schedule to unwind. Do something you enjoy, get some exercise or chill with a friend. Let your mind rest!        
          (V) SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
 Understand
Wellness
Spiritual wellness is about creating and discovering our meaning and purpose in life! We need to know what our dreams and aspirations are and then work towards them.        
 Ask Yourself        What is life without meaning?
 Take Control!
Find your passion
Identifying your interest and pursuing it can lead to a rich and purposeful life. You may even find new friends in the process!

Don't be afraid to pursue your dreams
Make plans to turn your hopes and dreams into reality!

Look for deeper meanings in your life
Embark on a journey to find your deeper meaning in life. 
Recall past triumphs, mistakes, struggles and hardships. Find meaning in how these experiences helped shape your life's direction and values.