Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional

The emotional dimension of wellness involves developing awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. Emotionally well people are able to express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively. Emotional wellness is not an end stage but a continual process of change and growth. Emotional wellness enables one to maintain satisfying relationships, deal with conflict, and remain grounded during stressful times.

Practices that enhance emotional wellness include:

  • Recognizing conflict as potentially healthy
  • Taking responsibility for your actions
  • Becoming more aware of your feelings through reflection, journaling, or other practices
  • Accepting your feelings rather than denying them
  • Accepting the feelings of others
  • Expressing your feelings in responsible ways
  • Seeking support and guidance when feelings and emotions seem to be getting out of control
  • Building a strong social support network
  • Being open to continual personal development
  • Practicing positive financial behaviors that enhance security and emotional stability

Campus resources for attaining and enhancing emotional wellness:
Counseling Center
Crisis Line
Cultural Houses
Emergency Dean
Faculty/Staff Assistance Services
Family Resiliency Center
Inclusive Illinois
McKinley Health Center
McKinley Relaxation Benefits and Tips
Office for Student Conflict Resolution
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Psychological Services Center