Emotional Wellness is developing a positive sense of self that is
open to and experience a healthy range of emotions (www.osu.edu).

Taking an Active Role in Your Emotional Wellness

Develop awareness of your emotions and use healthy coping strategies for emotional regulation and self-care. Allow yourself to fully feel and express your emotions by communicating your wants, needs and emotions with others and setting healthy boundaries. Surround yourself with supportive people who make you feel good and ask for help when you need it.

Examples of Emotional Wellness Activities:

  • Build your own stress ball during a meeting – use balloons and rice or sand for a low cost activity
  • Participate in a Mindfulness Night
  • Bring Therapy Dogs to a group meeting – Therapy Dog International has a request page
  • Self Care night with face masks, sugar scrubs, nail polish, etc.
  • Daily Rhythms: Rest, Restore, Connect, and Create

Emotional Wellness Inside the Classroom

As we work with students on a daily basis, we often become the first point of contact when a student is looking for support resources as it relates to their mental health. Educating ourselves on signs and symptoms of mild, moderate, or severe mental health struggles will help us to better understand and refer students to services on campus.

Examples of Emotional Wellness Activities and Promotion inside the classroom: 

  • Utilize a bulletin board to highlight free mindfulness and digital wellness apps
  • Recognize stressful times throughout the semester (first round of exams, midterms, finals, etc.) and plan accordingly to offer additional support and leniency to students during that time
  • Post a wellness or self-care statement on syllabus
  • Know school/community resources and appropriately refer students when necessary

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255 (TALK) The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. 

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