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Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness is having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self and the ability to recognize and share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way.

Signs of Emotional Wellbeing

  • the ability to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others
  • saying “no” when you need to without feeling guilty
  • feeling content most of the time
  • feeling that you have people in your life who care about you (a strong support network)
  • being able to relax
  • developing resiliency and coping skills
  • feeling good about who you are in terms of self-esteem, body image, and other perceptions of self

Ways to Nourish Your Emotional Root

  • Make time away from phone/internet/email.
  • Make time for reflection.
  • Notice inner experiences (observe thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, feelings).
  • Write in a journal.
  • Reflect upon and support your identity.
  • Seek out things that bring you joy.
  • Allow yourself to cry when you feel it coming.
  • Express outrage and anger in healthy ways (artwork, therapy, talking with friends, activism, getting active, etc.).
  • Talk to someone (counselor, psychologist, friend, family) about how you are doing and feeling.
  • Read for fun.
  • Do something where you aren’t in charge/an expert.
  • Say “no” to extra responsibilities.
  • Give yourself affirmations/praise.
  • Find things that make you laugh, smile, or just feel good.

Roots of Wellness adapted from Wellness, UNH Health Services.

Last Updated: 1/28/16