Emotional Wellness Toolkit

Emotional wellness is vital to our holistic wellbeing and quality of life. As our society has collectively experienced several traumatic events over the past year, the role emotional wellness plays in our overall health has become more apparent.

How we feel and the emotions we experience can affect our ability to be productive, our relationships and our overall mental health. It is important to pay attention to how we react to our experiences and our emotions. Learning how to manage our emotions and maintain and emotional wellness through different life experiences can improve our life satisfaction, help build a sense of resilience, and bring balance.

This emotional wellness toolkit aims to provide general educational strategies to help improve emotional wellness as well as resources to help support our individual journeys to better emotional health.

A list of resources are linked by topic below and can be found in the sidebar:

6 Strategies for Improving Emotional Health

 

Brighten Your Outlook

Mental health experts say that people who are “emotionally well” have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster — a quality known as resilience. Emotional wellness also means being able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciating the good times.

Check out our Resilient Gator Program to learn more!

 

Reduce Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, and stress can vary in its effect.  However, if the stress lasts for a long time — a condition known as chronic stress — it becomes harmful rather than a helpful instance of high alert. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress can also boost your resilience.

Learn more about how the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help!

 

Be Mindful

The concept of mindfulness is simple but takes practice. It is about being completely aware of what is happening in the present. It means not living your life on “autopilot.” Becoming a more mindful person requires commitment and practice.

Check out the Resources to Restore Balance webinars for a variety of mindfulness techniques!

 

Get Quality Sleep

There are only so many hours in a day and so much that needs to get done. Oftentimes, sleep is the first thing sacrificed to meet deadlines.  Sleep plays an important role in emotional and mental recovery as well as physical rest. When we are sleepless and tired, it makes it hard to think clearly, focus and respond effectively.

Check out the Good Night Gators Program to find strategies to improve your sleep habits!

 

Cope with Loss

There is no right or wrong way to mourn a loss. Whether it’s a loss of an experience or the death of a loved one, grief can feel overwhelming. Most people can make it through the grieving process with the support of family and friends. Learn other healthy ways to help you through difficult times.

Check out the Grief and Coping with Loss Webinar!

 

Strengthen Social Connections

Social connections are a protective factor that can help improve health and wellness. Scientists are finding that our links to others can have powerful effects on our health—both emotionally and physically. Whether with romantic partners, family, friends, neighbors, or others, social connections can influence well-being.

Check out the Supportive Gators Program to learn strategies to foster your social connections!