Be more than healthy, BE WELL! (Part 6)
Contributing Author: Dr. E. A. Schmidt, Ph.D., L.P.C.-S., Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology
Last week, Mr. Kurtis Graves wrote about intellectual wellness. I hope you were able to prioritize your intellectual wellness this past week and that you noticed a difference in how you felt or performed or experienced life as a result. As you may recall, wellness refers to a positive approach you take to living in order to enhance your quality of life and achieve your full potential. Wellness requires a balance among 8 broad areas:
Here are some common questions you can ask yourself to determining your level of emotional wellness:
- Am I able to set and fulfill priorities?
- Do I have healthy ways to reduce stress in my life?
- How comfortable am I with expressing my feelings and making them known to others in healthy, appropriate ways?
- How well do I balance work, friendships, family relationships, and other obligations/demands in my life?
- Am I able to make decisions in my life with an appropriate amount of stress and worry?
If your answer to any of these questions causes you concern, perhaps that is an indication that you could improve your level of emotional wellness by further exploring that area. Other ways of helping you determine your level of emotional wellness could include:
- Talking with others about how they experience you – this can provide you with valuable feedback since none of us can completely see ourselves as others do;
- Being aware of significant stressors in your life, such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or substantial changes in your financial situation;
- Recognizing extreme and/or persistent interpersonal conflict, whether at home or work; and
- Identifying when you may be avoiding certain situations or people as a way of managing stress or conflict.
Of course, if you find that you feel overwhelmed with life or realize that one of the areas above is more problematic than you realized, personal counseling is always an option for you to help you learn more about yourself and develop strategies for improving your emotional wellness. Should you not be able to afford counseling by private practitioners, you can always contact the Texas State Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) at 512-245-8349. Counseling at the ACC is provided by students in the Master’s program and costs only $20/session, though fees can be negotiated at a lower rate. The ACC is located on the first floor of the Education Building.
Emotional wellness requires the courage to look at yourself honestly, and then to take the steps necessary to address those parts of yourself and your life that need improvement. By engaging in a continuous process of awareness and improvement, you can make great strides to improving your overall emotional wellness.
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