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Emotional wellness is one of the seven dimensions of wellness that involves developing awareness of self, emotions, thoughts, behaviour and how they all interact. Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave in your daily life. It may also impact your ability to cope with stress, build relationships, overcome challenges and recover from life’s setbacks. Emotional wellness is a key element in maintaining a healthy balance of your mind. Everyone experiences emotional stress at times and everyone experiences mental health; therefore, it is important to take care of your emotional health and well- being.

Signs of Healthy Emotional Wellness

  • Able to express feelings freely and manage emotions
  • Having a generally optimistic outlook on life
  • Recognizing stresses and managing your feelings effectively
  • Liking who you are as a person and how you interact with others
  • Getting support from family and friends when you need it
  • Valuing self-exploration and improvement

Strategies to Enhance Emotional Wellness

  • Being mindful of thoughts and feelings
  • Expressing feelings effectively
  • Managing emotions and reactions
  • Staying optimistic and having a positive outlook on life
  • Using healthy coping strategies ie. Meditation, time to yourself, walk in nature, cuddle a pet, etc.
  • Using relaxation and self-care strategies
  • Learning and growing from experiences
  • Doing your best to adjust to change
  • Seeking support from family, friends, community and/or a professional
  • Practicing positive self-talk
  • Exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep
  • Keeping alcohol to a minimum and avoid other drugs
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Being part of a faith community could improve your emotional wellness

Resources

On and Off Campus
On and Off Campus

The Hive
“One stop shop” for all student services

• Any academic, financial or programming questions
• Mother St. James Memorial Building, Living Room, main floor
• Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
• Contact: brescia@uwo.ca or 519-858-5151

Counselling at Brescia with Dr. Rhonda Gilby

• Every Thursday 9am-4pm in Ursuline Hall, Room 223
• $100/session, which you can be reimbursed for through your student health plan
• Contact: rgilby@uwo.ca or 519-860-2220

Student Wellness Educator at Brescia (Leanne Bonello MSW, RSW)
Case Management portfolio serves Brescia and individual students by coordinating prevention, intervention, and support efforts across campus and community systems to assist at risk students and students facing emotional distress and/or crisis, life traumas, and other barriers that may impede success

• Contact: lbonell@uwo.ca or 519-432-8353 ext. 20670

Services in the Student Development Centre at Western University
• Individual counselling
• Crisis counselling
• Support groups (for issues including stress, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.)
• Western University, WSS Room 4100
• Contact: 519-661-3031

Mental Health Walk-In Clinic at Family Service Thames Valley
• 125 Woodward Avenue, London
• Every Tuesday, 1pm-6:30pm
• Contact: 519-433-0183

CMHA Crisis Services
• Mental health crisis line & support line, 24/7
• Crisis Mobile Team Intervention
• Individual crisis counselling
• Peer Support
• Contact: 1-866-933-2023

Student Health Services (SHS) at Western University
• Multidisciplinary counselling services
• Psychiatry, physician, social worker and RN
• Medication consultations
• Western University, UCC 11 (lower level)
• Contact: 519-661-3030

Online Resources
Online Resources
Emotional Wellness Quiz
Mindfulness & Metta-based Trauma Therapy will help you improve your self-regulation
HelpGuide – Information and toolkit on how to build emotional wellness
Teen Mental Health – this website offers evidenced based resources that will support your mental health
Transitions – is guide that provides you information about time management, relationships, sexual activity, mental illness, suicide and addictions
Self Assessment Screens
Campus Mental Health Know Your Rights – this is a guide for students who want to seek help for mental illness or emotional distress
Mobile Apps
Mobile Apps
• MindShift
• Headspace
• Breathe
• MoodTools
• Belly Bio
• Insight Timer
• Calm
• Healthy Minds
• Booster Buddy

Recommend a resource, tool, tip or app that has helped you with the seven dimensions of wellness by emailing the Student Life Centre

References

http://wellnesschallenge.ucdavis.edu/emotional.html
http://iwellness.uwo.ca/emotional_wellness/index.html#enhancing
http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/students/health/pdf/WellnessGuide/v3.pdf
http://www.sfu.ca/students/health/resources/wellness/wheel.html