6 ways to improve your emotional wellness – News

The winter months can be tough. There are many reasons why people feel a little down at this time of year. Emotions are how you are feeling at a certain point in time. From happiness to sadness, good or bad, we can feel a variety of emotions – sometimes at the same time. When people think about wellness, they tend to think about physical activity or diet first. However, your emotional wellbeing is a crucial part of your overall health. Feelings are difficult for some people to express and discuss. When you are aware of what you are feeling, you can turn your emotions into productive, positive feelings. Achieving emotional equilibrium forms the basis for the well-being of the entire body. Here are some ways to help maintain your emotional dimension of wellbeing.

Coping with stress

Stress can affect both emotional and physical wellbeing. Find a point of sale to manage your stress. For some, exercising helps reduce daily stress. For others, having a hobby helps keep them calm. Health promotion and wellness offer programs for coping with stress. Massage appointments, guided relaxation, therapy dogs, yoga, and tai chi are just some of the resources offered by Health Promotion and Wellness for managing stress.

Find the balance

We are pulled in a million different directions every day, which makes it difficult to balance. Be practical about your responsibilities and what you can achieve. Being overwhelmed has a negative impact on productivity and focus, and can also have physical effects. Set realistic goals and priorities and tackle what needs to be done first. Don’t forget to reserve time for your own needs too!

Be positive

It is easy to get caught up in negative thoughts or people. When you sense this, redirect it immediately and focus on the positive parts of a situation. Write down positive affirmations and repeat them if necessary. Surround yourself with positive people as much as possible. It’s okay to limit your connection with someone because of their negative attitude. If you need to interact with him or her, keep the exchange short and prepare yourself mentally for any possible negativity in the conversation.

Accept mistakes

Mistakes are inevitable. As hard as we try, no one is perfect. It’s important to acknowledge if you’ve done something wrong, accept it, and then move on. The faster you can fix the bug, the sooner you can move forward. If your mistake affects others, speak to them as soon as possible. Tightening the problem can lead to even more stress.

This too will pass

If you come across a bump, keep in mind that it will happen too. The only constant in life is change. While some gross stains last a lot longer than we’d like, things will get better over time. Try not to linger in evil and look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Accept the support

Often times, when you take things off your chest, you feel better. Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Whether it’s a trusted friend or a trained professional, you don’t have to go through difficult times on your own. Students can get help from the Student Advisory Service by calling (309) 438-3655. Employee assistance is available through the Employee Assistance Program at (866) 659-3848.

Join Seven
Challenge yourself to make YOU a priority in 2015! Seven is a free program from Health Promotion and Wellness for students, faculty, and staff that focuses on the importance of the seven dimensions of wellbeing: emotionally, environment, intellectually, physically, Social, spiritually, and professional. Seven runs from September to late April, and you can join anytime. Participants log wellness activities in order to collect points for monthly competitions and to take part in the total number of points towards the end of the year. Participants will also receive the Seven e-newsletter and information on campus wellness events. For more information and to register, visit Wellness.IllinoisState.edu/Seven.

Additional emotional wellness resources
Guided relaxation audio
Information on seasonal affective disorder
Lifestyle Improvement Program from Health Promotion and Wellness
Positive Living meditation course for staff and students
Mindfulness class for students
PAWSitively stress free
Self Health & Assessments by the Student Advisory Service

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