Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing refers to awareness, acceptance, and respect for “self”. By establishing healthy habits and accepting and managing human emotions effectively one can personally promote overall emotional wellbeing.


Good Health

Self-regulation or the ability to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways to produce positive outcomes, is central to overall good health and individual emotional-wellbeing.

The benefits of healthy eating add up over time including reducing risk of disease, maintaining a healthy weight, and boosting immunity to name a few.


  • 2 cups fruit
  • 2 ½ cups vegetables
  • 6 ounces of grains
  • 5 ½ ounces proteins
  • 3 cups dairy


* the above recommendations are based on a 2000 calorie diet


According to the U.S National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine the recommended water intake per day is about:

  • 3.7 L for men
  • 2.7 L for women



It is recommended for young adults aged 18-25 years old to obtain between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per 24 hour period.



The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  •  150 minutes of exercise per week
  • or 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week


Planning & Organization

Planning and organizing involves proactively planning, establishing priorities, and allocating necessary resources. Establishing S.M.A.R.T goals see resources section below to learn more. Along with proper Time management which is defined as the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively.



Healthy Thoughts, Feeling & Behaviors

When a situation arises, we have thoughts about the situation, those thoughts then trigger feelings and based on those feelings results in engaging in a behavior which can impact the situation whether it be positively or negatively. This cycle is continuous and it is important to an individual’s emotional wellbeing to recognize patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and know how they are affecting overall health. It is acknowledged that at times it can be difficult to control thoughts and feelings which leads to the importance of knowing when to reach out to health professionals for assistance.
Media (TV, radio, social, movies, music)
  • Media has the ability to distort our perception of the reality of our environment and negatively affect self-image and expectations of daily life.
  • Social media is a means of interaction between people in which you are able to share, create, and exchange information within virtual communities.
    Decision making for good health

    Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering necessary information, and assessing alternative solutions. The decisions an individual makes is a direct reflection of personal thoughts and values which is why it is important to consider all possibilities and how decisions can impact personal goals and aspirations.


    Healthy Relationships

    Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect, and communication between partners or peers to sustain a relationship suitable to both parties’ needs. This can include peer, professional, sexual, and family relationships.


    Mental Health

    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how individuals think, feel, and act. A person’s mental health helps determine how one handles stress, relates to others, and makes healthy choices.


    Risk Taking and Substance Misuse

    Risk taking is the conscious or unconscious controlled behavior that involves uncertainty about the outcome, and possible benefits or costs to self or others.

    Role of substances in risk taking:
    To learn more please explore our AOD and Violence Prevention pages. We work hard to keep up-to-date and accessible information available for your reference.


    Managing your emotions

    Emotions are a natural instinctive state deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or environment.

    Know Your Emotions

    • Happiness is the result of “feel-good” neurotransmitters and leads to feelings of enjoyment, contentment, and reward-seeking.
    • Sadness is the result of low levels of serotonin and dopamine causing individuals to feel gloomy, unhappy, or disappointed.
    • Anger is an emotion represented by feeling displeasure, annoyed, or hostile.
    • Fear is an emotion portrayed as a result of perceiving an individual or situation as a potential threat.

    * This section only touches on the top 4 emotions, however, there are many more emotions that an individual may feel.

      Anger Management

      Anger management aims to reduce the emotional feelings and physiological arousal that is caused by anger and involves how to manage emotions when others do not share the same perspective as you.


      Stress Management

      Stress is a natural human response as a result of a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult or demanding situation and can include academic, personal, or financial stress.


      Ways to Promote Emotional Wellbeing

      Practice gratitude 🙂 Develop healthy physical habits 🙂 Fuel your body with nutritious foods 🙂 Obtain adequate sleep 🙂 Participate in socialize activities 🙂 Meditation, journaling, and yoga 🙂 Stick to your S.M.A.R.T goals 🙂 Use a planner or calendar to manage your time and organize daily activities 🙂 Be mindful 🙂 Accept the things you cannot control 🙂 Take time to relax and practice self-care 🙂 Positive affirmations and self-talk 🙂 Reach out to others for advice and guidance 🙂

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