University of California, Riverside


Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Emotional Wellness implies the ability to:

  • Be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them
  • Have an optimistic approach to live
  • Express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively
  • Express emotions appropriately
  • Adjust to change
  • Cope with stress in a healthy way
  • Enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations

If you are a person engaged in the process of emotional wellness, you are willing and able to:

  • Arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior.
  • Live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others.
  • Form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust and respect.
  • Take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy.
  • Manage your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions.

The Path to Emotional Wellness

The path to emotional wellness may involve:

  • Awareness of thoughts and feelings
  • Using a positive attitude
  • Seeking support and expressing emotions in a suitable manner
  • Learning time management skills
  • Setting priorities
  • Accepting mistakes and learning from them
  • Maintaining life balance

The path may also involve seeking out support from a mental health professional when needed and gathering information in order to make informed value decisions.

Are you engaged in the process of emotional wellness?

Evaluate your own emotional wellness with this brief quiz.

  • Am I able to maintain a balance of work, family, friends, and other obligations?
  • Do I have ways to reduce stress in my life?
  • Am I able to make decisions with a minimum of stress and worry?
  • Am I able to set priorities?

If you answered "No" to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your emotional wellness.

Start your path towards emotional wellness by reviewing the Live Fit, Live Well workshop featuring Emotional Wellness.  

Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides professional and confidential assistance for personal concerns.

Learning Meditation and Relaxation

Learn how to relax, improve your focus and reduce your stress through Meditation and Relaxation classes at the Student Recreation Center and resources available through the Counseling Center.

Live Your Life Well

The non-profit Mental Health America has been working for 100 years to promote well-being for all Americans. Now we have put together the 10 Tools to Live Your Life Well. Based on extensive scientific evidence, these tools can help you relax, grow and flourish. They can help you Live Your Life Well.

30 Days to Greater Happiness



More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1160 University Ave.

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-3089

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