The Facts about Emotional Wellness
Emotional Wellness involves expressing your feelings, adjusting to challenges, coping with the stress that life brings, and enjoying your life.
Be Emotionally Well
9 Characteristics of Emotionally Well People
- Self-Awareness: look at self to navigate distress or elation and redirect emotions if necessary
- Self-Acceptance: Accept themselves. Know when to provide room for themselves to process emotions.
- Self-Care: Both self-compassion and physical care are practiced regularly
- Emotional Agility: Able to thrive even during emotional setbacks.
- Coping Skills: Practice makes perfect so when you need them you can use them.
- Kindness; They approach those around them with compassion.
- Integrity: They move through the world without the expectation of reward.
- Living with Purpose: Focus on how their experiences serve others rather than getting stuck within them.
- Manage stress: They can recognize stress and have go-to activities/skills to manage it.
Improving Emotional Wellness
- Social Connections
- Manage Stress
- Appropriately Express Emotions
- Improve Self-Awareness
Want more tools? Request WIT's Emotional Wellness Presentation!
This online resource serves as a toolbox to assist anyone in the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, occupational, social, and spiritual. It provides a list of GVSU resources for students in each of the dimensions.
- Send Kindness Cards to other people (available to print or send virtually)
- Participate in Emotional Strength Training
- Learn how to use mindfulness to manage your emotions
- Find self-help resources covering a variety of topics pertaining to mental and emotional health
- Schedule an appointment to talk with a counselor
- Participate in the Weekly Wellness Series, which covers topics including mindfulness, wellness, and art therapy
Here's just a few student organizations focused specifically on emotional wellness. For more student organizations visit Laker Link.
- Meditation and Mindfulness - focused on promoting acceptance and mindfulness through meditation
- The Warrior Movement - focused on ending the stigma associated with mental illness
- Active Minds - focused on encouraging open discussion about mental health to build stronger communities
The University Counseling Center has a wonderful index of community providers. You can filter by insurances, services and specialties.
Visit the Greater Good in Action website.
- Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.
- This is a collection of the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life.
Visit the Koru Mindfulness website.
- Stream free guided meditations to help with relaxation and mindfulness.
- Watch tutorial videos about breathing techniques to help with anxiety.
- Read their blog for more tips and strategies for emotional wellness.
Visit the Positive Psychology website.
- Find mindfulness exercises, techniques, and activities that you can do anywhere.
- Complete worksheets that focus on topics such as self compassion.
- Try a variety of techniques to see which method works best for you.
Take the Science of Well-Being Course.
- Yale’s most popular course ever.
- The course is all about happiness.
- It is free and offered online.