When you take time to take care of your wellness, you become happier and healthier as an individual, and the entire Duke community becomes stronger. Think of your wellness like a tree— where the roots, trunk and branches are all working together to help the tree grow, develop and thrive. The Wellness Tree can guide your path forward, helping you learn about every aspect of wellness, and how to achieve your personal goals while sustaining happiness. The root system represents your identity, values and choices— the things that “ make you you” and support and feed your well-being. When your values, choices and identity are aligned, optimal growth and wellness occur. Practicing self-care means making smart lifestyle choices and focusing on how you relate to others and the world around you so you can flourish at Duke and beyond. The branches are the dimensions of wellness. Taking time to understand how you can positively manage each dimension enables you to maintain harmony and balance in your life. So whether you’re feeling great or not so great, the Wellness Tree can help you stay on top of your game. And when every individual is focused on wellness, the Duke community is an even better place to live, play and learn.