Emotional wellbeing is essential for overall good health. Chronic stress, whether from your personal life or job, can cause or worsen many physical and mental health problems. If you're in an unhealthy state of mind, it’s hard to focus on your personal and work obligations and live your best life. According to the CDC, almost 43% of persons with severe depressive symptoms reported serious difficulties in work, home, and social activities. Furthermore, depression may amplify physical inactivity and increase stress and alcohol use.
UVA understands that the most important elements of a positive work environment include friendly relationships with colleagues, meaningful work, and mutual respect with co-workers and leaders, finding purpose in the work we do, and opportunities to inspire others.
Hoo’s Well offers resources to help build these elements and support your emotional wellness. Explore some of the emotional wellbeing Journeys found within the new wellness portal. Learn more about this on our Earn Rewards page, and how you can earn rewards for participating in modules that can help you lower stress, combat anxiety and depression, and start making positive social and emotional connections.
Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP)
FEAP offers free and confidential counseling for personal concerns and work-life balance, as well as consultation for supervisors and managers to assist in addressing employee/team challenges. For employees and their families, FEAP offers assessment, brief counseling, referral, and follow-up at no cost. The program is confidential, and they work with a wide variety of personal issues. FEAP consultants are familiar with the various resources in the community, and if an outside referral is needed, your FEAP consultant will recommend professionals that have expertise for your particular concern. FEAP will also work with you to ensure that you are getting the most cost-effective resource possible. Your FEAP consultant will follow up with you to make sure that the referral met your needs and to offer any additional support that may be helpful.
For supervisors, managers, and organizational leadership, FEAP offers consultation, training, critical incident debriefings, workplace interventions, substance abuse education, and training and mediation services. Call 434.243.2643, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uvafeap.com for more information and to schedule an appointment. FEAP conducts seminars in association with Hoo's Well on topics such as the following:
- Cultivating a Positive Mindset
- The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Young and Elementary Aged Children
- The Wisdom of the Enneagram
- The Outbreak of Loneliness and it's Individual and Collective Impact
- Keeping the Love Alive in Long Term Relationships
Contemplative Sciences Center
CSC offers over 15 free drop-in sessions every week including classes on stress reduction, mindfulness, yoga, Tai Chi, and much more. No registration is needed for these daily contemplative offerings located on the 2nd floor of the Clemons Library. Check the schedule and drop in! Clemons Room 220 is also reservable for contemplative practices. It is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Compassionate Care Initiative
The Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) within the School of Nursing offers ongoing, weekly drop in sessions on yoga, meditation, and related mind-body disciplines. All drop-in sessions are free and open to the public. Attend as your schedule allows. No previous experience required! View the schedule at https://cci.nursing.virginia.edu/events/.
CCI also offers online resources, such as everyday exercises that cultivate personal and professional resilience through mindfulness and compassion-based guided practices. Too busy for a yoga class or regular meditation practice? CCI offers short, guided practices of mindfulness, relaxation, compassion and connectedness to improve wellbeing and health. Visit https://cci.nursing.virginia.edu/resources/ to explore these and other resources.
The UVA Mindfulness Center supports the integration of mindfulness-based practices into UVA’s clinical, educational and research programs. Visit https://med.virginia.edu/mindfulness-center/ for information and resources. A guided meditation video, audio recordings, and information about ongoing group meetings can be found under the ”Resources” tab.
Nourishing Resilience (NR) is a mind-body intervention that addresses the stress response at the root of most health and wellness issues, including obesity. The program teaches individuals to manage stress and live a healthy lifestyle with techniques based on neuroscientific research. This special training gives you the skills to manage stress and implement your healthy intentions. Humans make better health choices when in a balanced brain state; we choose poorly when we’re stressed. Learn stress resiliency skills and practice using exercise and healthful eating.
The NR short course meets for one and one-half hours for six or seven weeks. These are small group trainings of, generally, four to eight people. During that time, you'll learn the basics of how to process stress effectively and more rapidly achieve a state of balance and well-being. For more information, contact Cynthia Moore at 434-243-7313 or email@example.com.
Volunteer in the Community
Volunteering is a way to spend time with colleagues outside of work for a good cause. We’re proud that our employees have a positive impact on the community, and we do our best to offer support and a sense of meaning and purpose when “giving back.”
Check your leave policies to find out about volunteering during work hours. Employees get various hours of paid volunteer leave per year.
- Academic Staff - 16 hours
- Medical Center Staff - 8 hours
Email Elizabeth Feola at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a volunteer opportunity for a group.
Email email@example.com to join our email list for future opportunities. We are also happy to hear your suggestions for more volunteer opportunities.
If you don’t have a specific organization in mind, we invite you to sign up for one of the opportunities below.
- Ronald McDonald House
- City Schoolyard Garden
- Great American Smoke Out / Move to Health Coalitions
Resource: Foreign Nationals Volunteer Regulations.