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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is the ability to properly take care of the needs of your physical body to function well.

Characteristics of Physical Wellness:

  • Applying knowledge about physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and personal hygiene in your daily life

Achieving Physical Wellness:

  • Complete regular physical activity
  • Consume a nutritionally balanced diet
  • Maintain regular sleep patterns
  • Shower, bathe, and upkeep your personal hygiene daily
  • Avoid participating in unhealthy consumptions of alcohol and prescription drugs
    • Avoid other street drugs like heroine as well

Physical activity: National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week OR 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week 2 days of full body resistance training including all major muscle groups.


1. Avoid being physically inactive because some activity is better than none!
2. Plan physical activity in your day!
3. Be active with friends!
4. Visit with the Registered Dietitian on campus!

Campus Resources

Campus Recreation

UM Nutrition Clinic

Student Health Center

Student & Employee Pharmacy Health Services

Sleep: Tips for better sleep
1. Young adults, age 18-25, should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night
2. Oversleeping will make you sluggish throughout the day
3. Create a bedtime ritual – Do the same things each night to tell your body it is time to
wind down
4. Go to sleep when you’re truly tired
5. Put down that device. Viewing an LED screen before bed could make it hard for your
body to go to sleep.

Additional resources:
Sleep Foundation
Calm Sounds – Free Nature Sounds
Sound Sleeping

Hygiene: Tips for good hygiene practices
1. Wash hands with soap every time after using the bathroom
2. Brush teeth at least once each day
3. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
4. Wash your hair with shampoo that is designed for your hair


Healthy Habits:




Substance Use:

The University of Mississippi aims to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. It does this by providing extensive counseling and health services to all students. Whether students are looking for help or just someone to talk to, the understanding and compassionate staff at Ole Miss is here to support them. Students who proactively reach out to campus personnel are protected from disciplinary actions related to their substance use.


Are you or somebody you know struggling with alcohol, tobacco, or other substance use? Utilize
the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at the University of Mississippi to maintain or
begin long term recovery.

Additional Resources:
Collegiate Recovery Community:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at the University of Mississippi is a community of support designed to help students in recovery from addiction achieve their academic goals. The community establishes an academic and social support system to address the unique challenges recovering students face in a collegiate environment. The CRC offers some opportunity for financial aid in the form of an academic scholarship.


How We Can Help You Quit or Manage Your Symptoms
The University of Mississippi supports its employees and students who want to quit smoking by offering individual cessation programs at no cost. This offer is for students and employees.

Help Quitting

Resources for UM Employees/Students 

The following is a full list of resources available to employees, students, and the general public to help stop using tobacco or manage cravings if you choose to do so:

  • University Student Health Services– Individual cessation counseling is available to help students and employees be successful in quitting smoking. We can help you explore options, including medications and behavior changes, and pick strategies that work for you! Services are offered to part-time and full-time UM students. Services are all so available for employees. For more information contact (662) 915-5279 or email;
  • UM Counseling– For those who find quitting or cutting down particularly challenging various counseling formats are offered to help with tobacco cessation, reducing tobacco use, and managing stress and cravings. Students must be enrolled at UM for at least 6 credit hours to be eligible for services.

Call (662)-915-3784

Online Resources 

  • Tobacco Free U– Offers college students free on-line information, guides, and resources related to tobacco and quitting tobacco use.
  • Become an Ex– The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps – all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
  • Freedom from Smoking® Online Program– On-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of seven modules, each containing four lessons, to assist you in quitting tobacco. Participants are also encouraged to participate in message boards to give and receive support as they go through the quit process.

  • Smoke Free TXT- is a FREE mobile service designed for young adults. G=Smoke free TXT provides encouragement, advice and tips to help smokers for good.

Off Campus Resources Tobacco Cessation ACT Now Batesville (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

Managing Your Symptoms

  • Keep other things around to substitute for cigarettes. Try carrots,
    sunflower seeds, apples, celery, raisins, or sugar free gum.
  • Take a walk or write down your feelings in a journal, or do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku; when you want a cigarette very badly.
  • Learn to relax quickly by taking deep breaths. Visit this site for breathing exercises (download MP3 and listen)
  • Drink water. Water is a great quitting aid. It helps you detoxify more quickly and works well as a craving-buster. And by keeping yourself hydrated, you’ll feel better overall. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Managing Urges Resources

No-Smoking Confidence Assessment and Tips