Go Write: Emotional Wellness
In May, GoUSF focuses on increasing emotional wellness. Emotional wellness includes your thoughts, emotions, and ability to deal with life's challenges. A way to practice or increase emotional wellness is writing down what you are grateful for. Expressing gratitude for the positive things in their life is proven to make one happier overall, leading to lower rates of stress and depression. Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life.
Writing Prompts to get started:
Write these down before you go to bed or share them around the dinner table. In five minutes, you can practice gratitude from the heart.
Did you know you take about 8 million breaths a year? Take a minute to marvel at the finely tuned machinery of your body, and thank yourself for the steps you take every day to keep it safe and healthy.
Was it an old favorite, something you made or something new and different? If you eat three meals a day, you’ll eat about a thousand meals this year! Take a minute to savor an especially yummy meal. And check out some healthy options on the AHA’s recipe hub.
Did you give it your all when exercising today, or find a quiet moment while sitting in traffic to reflect? Take a minute to think back on one particularly awesome moment.
Is it someone who sets your heart on fire, always has a smile for you, has your back or makes you laugh until you cry? Take a minute to smile as you think about this special person. Then make plans for a virtual meet-up.
Every single day you wake up with 24 brand new hours. The past is history, the future is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present! Take a minute to be thankful for the gift of time, including any extra time you have right now for your family or yourself.
USF Resources to Enhance Emotional Wellness
- USF's Employee Assistance benefits are provided by our third party administrator, Concern. Your all in one mental health, employee well-being solution at no cost to you or your family.
- Parenting for Positive Behavior. May 9, 11am. Offered through Concern EAP. Learn to recognize and value the special needs of your children, utilize new techniques for guiding them, and understand the impact of our environment on children and their behavior. Register
- New offering through Concern: Parent coaching. Parents are asking for help with their children’s emotional well-being. As a parent… you may not know where to start. Online coaching with an experienced professional is a great first step! Get started today! Call 800-344-4222 with questions or for immediate support, ask for a parent coach.
- CAP's Self-Care Kit: Support your grown and well-being with this CAPS guide to self-care.
- GoUSF Self-Care Tips and Resources
- Get more involved with the wellness program and become a GoUSF Champ
Let’s do this, and be Healthy for Good!