The emotional dimension requires ongoing self-examination and includes the ability to:
- Express and accept a wide range of feelings in yourself and others.
- Engage in satisfying relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
- Understand your limitations and be confident in your unique abilities.
- Cope effectively with stress.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Develop an enthusiastic and optimistic approach to life.
Practices that demonstrate emotional wellness include:
- Being positive about yourself and your life.
- Being satisfied with your performance.
- Effectively coping with life’s ups and downs.
- Being nonjudgmental in your approach to others.
- Owning your mistakes and learning from them.
- Saying “no” without feeling guilty.
- Finding it easy to laugh.
Tips and resources for enhancing your emotional wellness
Having trouble staying focused? Take a mini break and take a walk to clear your mind. You are sure to be more productive when you return. Follow the Penguin Paths at Clark, marked with penguin feet, to add more steps to your day.
Been sitting at your desk too long? Research shows that sitting for prolonged periods may increase risk for developing heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer, and has been coined “the new smoking” in terms of health risks (Mayo Clinic). To counteract the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, try a “sit for 60, move for 3” intervention! For every 60 minutes you sit, do one or more of the following for up to 3 minutes:
(For your health and safety, always consult with a qualified medical professional before beginning any exercise program)
- Walk/jog in place.
- Stand up, close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Think of one thing you’re grateful for.
- Walk down the hall to get a glass of water.
- Deliver the message to your coworker in person, if possible.
- Try these exercises you can do right at your desk, courtesy of WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/exercise-at-your-desk
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Take advantage of a wide range of free health and wellness tools, plus confidential clinical support for assistance with stress, anxiety, anger management, grief, loss, relationship issues and more through the college’s Employee Assistance Program.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the Clark County Crisis line at 360.696.9560 or 800.273.TALK (8255).