Emotional wellness is being aware and accepting of not only your feelings and emotions but also the feelings and emotions of others.
Tips to help Cougars with Emotional Wellness
- Know how to express and mange a range of feelings
Knowing how to express your emotions appropriately is healthy and rewarding for everyone around. Keeping expectation realistic is important because you can’t expect others to respond in the way you want them to. Also knowing how to identify your feelings are important. If you need help with managing you feelings and emotions go to the office of Counseling and Psychological Services. Visit the office or online to make appointment to talk to a counselor.
- Laugh and cry when you need to
Laughing helps you and others feel better.
Crying is important because keeping your emotion “bottled up” can sometimes turn into negative emotions and that can affect your immune system and lead to chronic stress.
If you feel like you need to let out some of your emotions you can always visit Counseling and Psychological Services at UH to talk about anything.
- Establish good relationships with friends
Find friends that share common interest and goals as you do. Maintain good friendships by checking in on your friends through calls, text message, social media, emails or even snail mail by writing a letter.
Intramural sports is way to make long lasting friendships. What are you game for, check out their website.
- Learn how to balance work, family, and friends
Make plans ahead of time if this helps with time manage. You can be able to participate in all the things you love if you make designated times for it. Everyone has different ways to do this so it is important that you find what is best for you. Some people have planners/calendars as a reminder of what they’ve plan with others. If you need help with time management visit the Undergrad Student Success Center for different workshops on time management or go to their website for more information about the date and times of the workshops.
- Practice fitness and exercise
Go to the Recreation Center to get your daily exercise by choosing from a variety of group fitness classes, playing basketball, taking a swim or dive, or even lifting in the weight room.
- Get adequate sleep
All adults need at least 8-10 hours of sleep. If you find that you are having sleep problems you should contact your doctor or you can go to see physicians on campus at the health center.
If you think you may have a sleep issue, you can also visit the Sleep Anxiety Center of Houston on campus.
- Know where to seek support and help regarding mental health
Emotional support is right on your campus. Visit the office of Counseling and Psychological Services you can schedule appointments online.
If you need to talk to someone immediately you can call the crisis hotline number to talk. (713) 468-5463