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Emotional

Emotional wellness is involves developing awareness of self, emotions, thoughts, behaviour and how they 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 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 concerns.  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

Brescia Resources
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The Hive

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

Peer Support

A first stop for many students when:

  • They need a listening ear
  • Want to learn about further resources
  • Want help with proactive coping strategies they could use to maintain positive mental health and/or get support

Counselling Support

  • Private practice therapists providing affordable, convenient psychotherapy for Brescia students
  • Ursuline Hall, Room 238
  • $100/session and reimbursement through an extended health plan

Case Management Support

The 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, life traumas, and other barriers that may impede success.

  • Contact: 519-432-8353 ext. 20670 
Western Resources
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Health & Wellness at Western

  • Individual and crisis counselling
  • Support groups (for issues including stress, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.)
  • Western University, WSS Room 4100
  • Contact: 519-661-3030

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

Mental Health Walk-In Clinic at Family Service Thames Valley

  • 125 Woodward Avenue, London
  • Every Tuesday, 1 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Contact: 519-433-0183

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
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Apps
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  • MindShift
  • Headspace
  • Breathe
  • MoodTools
  • Belly Bio
  • Insight Timer
  • Calm
  • Healthy Minds
  • Booster Buddy
Faculty and Staff
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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