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The ability to share and understand feelings of fear, anger, sadness or stress, hope, love, joy and happiness
Components of Emotional Wellness:
- Subjective sense of well-being: ability to recognize and appropriately express a wide range of emotions (such as anger, fear, happiness, disgust, sadness, and surprise)
- Awareness: recognizing your feelings, as well as the feelings of others
- Acceptance: Understanding the normality of human emotion and realistically assessing personal abilities and limitations
- Management: The ability to manage or cope with personal feelings and knowing how to seek interpersonal support when necessary
Resources on campus:
- Counseling & Testing Center (2106 Centennial Hall; 608.785.8073)
The Counseling & Testing Center offers individual, group, and couples counseling for UWL students that can help students recognize, express, and cope with feelings. Stop by the Relaxation Room, located in the Counseling & Testing office, to learn powerful relaxation methods that can combat stress and anxiety and help manage difficult feelings.
- Student Health Center (1st floor Health Science Center; 608.785.8558)
Providers at the Student Health Center can help you manage feelings through medical treatment and by improving physical wellness (exercise, sleep, eating habits) that could impact your emotional health.
- Office of Student Life (149 GRAFF HALL; 608.785.8062)
The Student Life Office provides advising and referral services, communication with faculty regarding student absences, conflict resolution, and legal services. Staff at the Student Life Office can help advocate for you if you are experiencing emotional health problems. The Student Life Office also oversees withdrawals from the university.
- Pride Center (PC, 42 Cartwright Center; email@example.com)
The Pride Center shall foster a safe environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff, educate the campus and community on issues and advocate for student success and inclusivity. Staff at the Pride Center can support emotional health for LGBTQ+ members.
- Violence Prevention & Wellness Office (149 Graff Hall; 608.785.8062)
UW-La Crosse recognizes that violence in any form interferes with the work and learning taking place in our community. Someone who experiences sexual assault, violence or abuse in a relationship, or stalking often finds that they have difficulty focusing on work or on their studies. The Student Life Violence Prevention Specialist is here to assist individuals with advocacy, information and support, so that they can make informed choices about the options available to them in these situations. Services are free, confidential, and available to all UWL students, faculty, and staff members.
- Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS, 1101 Centennial Hall; 608.785.8225)
OMSS provides services for UWL multicultural students, including leadership, advocacy, advising, programming, and support. Staff at OMSS can support your emotional health by promoting human understanding, shared values, and respect for individual differences and similarities.
- Office of International Education (1209 Centennial Hall; 608.785.8016)
The Office of International Education oversees international programs at UWL, including recruiting, advising, and supporting international students and coordinating study abroad programs. Staff at the Office of International Education can support emotional health for international students and students studying abroad.
- It Make$ Cents! Money Management Center (2103 Centennial Hall; 608.785.8852)
It Make$ Cents! Money Management Center encourages students to get to know us and learn how we can help grow their personal financial awareness. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary financial life-skills needed for life and for their own financial well-being. We offer weekly workshops that teach money management skills including: budgeting, student loans, saving, managing credit, banking, investing, and preventing identity theft. We have IMC! Peer Mentors that are here to answer any financial questions or concerns that you have.
- Leadership and Involvement Center (221 Cartwright Center; 608.785.6600)
The Leadership and Involvement Center provides opportunities to enrich your life through participation in student organizations and volunteer projects. Getting involved can result in personal growth and boost your emotional wellness. To get involved with activities that you enjoy, email the Leadership and Involvement Center (LIC) at, firstname.lastname@example.org; join the LIC on MyOrgs; follow the LIC on Twitter, @uwl_involvement; and "Like" UWL Leadership and Involvement Center on Facebook!
- Recreational Eagle Center (608.785.5225)
Exercise is a key component to reducing stress and maintaining emotional health. The Rec offers facilities for exercise, fitness classes, intraumural sports, and personal training.
- Active Minds
Active Minds is a UWL student organization that promotes awareness of mental health issues and reduction of stigma about mental health. Active Minds promotes emotional wellness for college students and lives out their motto of "Laugh More".
Resources in the community:
- Gundersen Lutheran Behavioral Health Services | Onalaska
Gundersen Lutheran clinics in La Crosse and Onalaska provide individual counseling services that can help you recognize, express, and cope with feelings.
- Mayo Clinic Behavioral Health Services | Onalaska
Mayo clinics in in La Crosse and Onalaska provide individual counseling services that can help you recognize, express, and cope with feelings.
- Coulee Council on Addictions
Coulee Council offers substance abuse counseling for individuals concerned about alcohol and/or drug use. They also provide information about local support groups (e.g., AA, NA).
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness La Crosse Chapter focuses on improving emotional health and providing support to individuals with family or friends that experience emotional health problems.
- Great Rivers 2-1-1
24/7 hotline that provides information about community resources, referrals, and crisis counseling.
- Learn About Emotional Wellness
This list of self-help resources can be a starting point to learning about emotional wellness as well as common strategies to improve emotional wellness.
Learn about research being conducted at UW-Madison to explore healthy attributes of well-being, such as compassion and mindfulness.
Learn about resilience (where people adapt to difficult situations) and how to increase your own resilience.
Understand how emotions work.
This movement works to end the stigma against mental illness.
- Test Your Emotional Wellness
This resource provides information about happiness, work-life balance, and managing stress and improving emotional health. Also, you can complete questionnaires regarding your emotional intelligence.
Learn about Positive Psychology, which is an area of psychology that focuses on emotional well-being. You can complete questionnaires regarding your emotional health and strengths.
Complete anonymous screening questionnaires about common mental health problems.
Complete anonymous screening questionnaires about common mental health problems.
- Suicide Prevention
This resource provides information about suicide prevention and 24/7 crisis counseling via phone or internet.
This resource provides crisis counseling and suicide prevention services to LGBT students through phone, online chat, or text message.
This 24/7 hotline provides information about La Crosse area community resources, referrals, and also provides crisis counseling.
This resource provides information about La Crosse area suicide prevention initiatives.
Learn the warning signs of suicide.
- Relax and Become Inspired
Use this website to learn simple relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress and increase emotional well-being.
Use this website to learn additional meditation techniques.
TED Talks provide inspiration and informational videos on a variety of topics related to emotional health and well-being.
Learn additional strategies to cope with stress.
- Provide Support to Others
Complete anonymous screening questionnaires about the symptoms of someone you are concerned about (check the box indicating you are concerned about a friend).
Learn about common mental health struggles, warning signs of mental health struggles, and how to be supportive.
Learn tips on what to do and what not to do if someone is in crisis.
Learn ways to help your friends, including how to respond to messages they share on social media websites.
- Join an Online Support Group
Provides information about how to join an online depression and bipolar support group.
Provides information about non-profit and free online forums about a variety of emotional health concerns.
Optimal physical wellness requires exercising to improve strength, flexibility, & endurance; eating well, avoiding alcohol abuse & other harmful habits, taking care of one's sexual health, getting enough sleep, medical self-care & utilizing professional medical attention when needed, & taking steps to prevent injury. Feeling & looking good contribute to enhanced self-esteem & self-control.
Exercise & Fitness
Exercise is vital for maintaining health. In addition to burning calories & building muscle, regular exercise has been shown to decrease anxiety & stress, increase self-esteem, & improve academic performance.
General Exercise Guidelines
Type of exercise
150 min/week of Moderate intensity exercise OR 75 min/week of vigorous intensity exercise
Walk, Jog, Bike, Swim, Soccer, Basketball, Kickboxing, Elliptical, Stairs, Jump Rope, Sprint etc
Muscular Strength & Endurance
2-3 days a week doing 8-12 exercises until fatigue
Arm Curls, Push-ups, Lunges, Squats, Wall Sits, Crunches, Bench Press, Leg Lifts, Leg Press, Calf Raises, etc.
Gentle stretch of each muscle group for 30 seconds each at least once a day
Arm Across the Body, Arm Overhead, Knee to Chest, Touch your Toes, etc
Exercise & nutrition go hand-in-hand. Combining well-planned, targeted workouts with quality food intake will maximize the benefits from your exercise efforts. A healthy diet requires some planning and effort to include a variety of foods from the grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat and beans, and oil groups. Try to eat every 3-4 hours—an even distribution of food throughout the day helps with appetite and weight management and provides a more consistent level of energy. Packing food for eating ‘on the go’ can prevent overeating when hunger builds throughout the day. Strive to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than impair it.
- Anorexia Nervosa
A Registered Dietitian can streamline this process by helping you tailor the most effective strategies to your nutritional needs and lifestyle.
Avoiding Alcohol Abuse & Other Harmful Habits
Safe Drinking Tips
1. Decide what you want from your drinking
2. Count your drinks, space them out to about 1 per hour
3. Alternate between alcoholic & nonalcoholic drinks (e.g. water)
4. Eat before and while you drink
5. Set a drinking limit - decide how much you're going to have before you start
6. Never leave your drink unattended
7. Don't play drinking games
Short term effects of excessive alcohol intake: Distorted vision, hearing, and coordination, impaired judgment, altered perceptions and emotions, slowed reactions, hangovers.
Long term effects of excessive alcohol intake: Can lead to alcoholism, damage to parts of the brain, damage to liver and other organs, intensification of mental health problems including depression.
Sexual health can be a difficult subject to talk about, but it can also be positive and informative.
Relationships should consist of mutual respect for each individual, open communication between each other, honesty, and support for one another.
A relationship is unhealthy when it involves mean, disrespectful, controlling and/or abusive behavior.
If you feel that you or a loved one may be involved in an unhealthy relationship, contact any of the resources listed on this page for help.
Sexual Orientation is the overall term that is used to describe people’s physical and/or romantic attractions to other people.
LGBTIQQAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, or Allies)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
It doesn't matter what your situation is: hookups, friends with benefits, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner... you can get an STI. Using a condom can reduce your risk of contracting disease. Preventing most STI's is a lot easier than treating them. Twenty-twenty-five percent of college students in the U.S. have either been infected with an STI or transmitted and STI to their sex partner(s). Think you might have an STI? Learn more about STI's and if you might need to be tested.
If you choose to be sexually active it is very important to protect yourself, whether that be from sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancies. These methods will only help if they are used correctly. Abstinence (the choice not to have sexual intercourse) is the only 100% effective method to avoid pregnancy or contracting an STI.
To find out information about each of the possible methods, such as effectiveness and how they work, please visit this site.And for more information on protecting yourself please contact the resources located on this page.
Sleep is a necessary and vital biological function and essential to a person's physical and emotional well-being. While you sleep your energy recharges, but other body systems also get a boost. Sleep benefits your immune system, helps repair your nervous system, helps brain matter repair and grow and aids hormone release. With proper sleep you can help yourself stay healthy, perform better on tests, and have lots of energy. Sleep deprivation and chronic lack of sleep contribute to fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motivation; moodiness and irritability; reduced creativity and problem-solving skills; inability to cope with stress; reduced immunity with more frequent colds and infections; concentration and memory problems; weight gain; impaired motor skills and increased risk of accidents; difficulty making decisions; increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
The physical dimension of wellness also entails having regular physical exams, recognizing & responding to the signs of disease, & utilizing professional medical attention when needed.
As you travel the wellness path, take appropriate measures to prevent injury...
The mission of Student Life: Wellness and Health Advocacy is to provide students, staff and faculty with culturally competent health education, health promotion programming, alcohol and other drug education, community engagement, and partnership that supports and empowers the campus community to make choices and create lifelong habits that promote health and well-being across all dimensions.
Cooperatively with the many academic and administrative departments at UW-La Crosse, Wellness and Health Advocacy recognizes the opportunity to contribute to an environment of professional as well as personal development, and aims to foster balanced lifestyles by which students, staff and faculty can achieve their full potential.
As each of the individuals in the campus community is unique, with different goals, values, strengths, and experiences, so are their perceptions of and potentials for wellness. The job of Wellness and Health Advocacy is to provide tools, education, guidance, and support, and to cultivate and environment in which the potential for health flourishes.
The ability to establish and develop peace and harmony in our lives
By possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to life. Spiritual wellness is also the capacity to love, have compassion for others, forgiveness, joy, and fulfillment.
Your search will be characterized by a peaceful harmony between internal personal feelings and emotions and the rough and rugged stretches of your path. While traveling the path, you may experience many feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment, and dislocation as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness, and discovery.
Resources on campus:
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The ability to make a positive impact and be responsible for our air, water, and land.
Learning and contributing to the health of the planet and a sustainable lifestyle. The ability to recognize our responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land. The ability to make a positive impact on our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet. Helping to eliminate or reduce or protect one's self from exposure to toxic chemicals.
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Career & academic
Career & academic wellness
The desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in while still maintaining balance in our lives
The ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.
The occupational dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work. At the center of occupational wellness is the premise that occupational development is related to one's attitude about one's work. Traveling a path toward your occupational wellness, you will contribute your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that are both personally meaningful and rewarding. You will convey your values through your involvement in activities that are gratifying for you. The choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions, and personal performance are all important components of your path's terrain. Occupational wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to choose a career which is consistent with our personal values, interests, and beliefs than to select one that is unrewarding to us.
- It is better to develop functional, transferable skills through structured involvement opportunities than to remain inactive and uninvolved.
Resources on campus
- Career Services (1140 Centennial Hall)
- Cooperative Education & Internship Program http://www.uwlax.edu/Career-Services/Why-do-an-internship-/
Academic wellnessthe desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning
The ability to effectively learn and use information for personal, family and career development. Getting the most out of classes and education by asking questions, being open to new ideas, learning new skills, and studying effectively.The intellectual dimension recognizes one's creative, stimulating mental activities. A well person expands their knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing their gifts with others. Using intellectual and cultural activities in the classroom and beyond the classroom combined with the human resources and learning resources available within the university community and the larger community, a well person cherishes intellectual growth and stimulation. Traveling a wellness path, you will explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning. You will spend more time pursuing personal interests, reading books, magazines, and newspapers, while keeping abreast of current issues and ideas. As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you will actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors. Intellectual wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to stretch and challenge our minds with intellectual and creative pursuits than to become self-satisfied and unproductive.
- It is better to identify potential problems and choose appropriate courses of action based on available information than to wait, worry, and contend with major concerns later.
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