Resources to Take Care of Your Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellness


Mental and emotional wellbeing are essential for your overall health, happiness, and quality of life. 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.

Programs and Resources

Hoos Well and its partners across the University offer evidence-backed programs and resources to help you manage stress, rise to meet life challenges, and thrive. 

  • New in 2020: Mindfulness Challenge and online platform

    Hoos Well is launching two new mindfulness initiatives in 2020 to support your emotional wellbeing and help you thrive. The Mindfulness Challenge and eM Life (an online mindfulness platform) are designed to fit into your busy schedule and provide you with useful resources, whether you're a mindfulness novice or a seasoned pro. These new, online resources complement the high-quality, in-person classes and programs on mindfulness that our UVA partners offer across Grounds.

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  • New in 2020: Reward-eligible educational seminars

    Hoos Well partners with UVA’s Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) to offer educational seminars on topics such as managing stress, understanding mental health, caregiving, effective communication, coping with adversity, balancing work and life, and tools for flourishing. New in 2020, UVA Health Plan participants can earn gift card rewards for participating in one or more of these educational seminars. Monthly participation options include an in-person seminar, live webinar, and watching the recording on-demand.

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  • UVA FEAP: Free, confidential counseling

    At times, life’s difficulties may seem a little overwhelming, and we don’t know where to turn. Asking for help is often difficult, but it is the first step in resolving the problem or finding effective ways to cope. FEAP offers all employees and family members free, confidential consultation and short-term, solution-focused counseling for a variety of personal issues and common concerns. FEAP consultants are familiar with the various resources in the community, and if an outside referral is needed, your FEAP consultant will recommend professionals who have expertise in your area of concern.

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  • Earn rewards for online Journeys

    In the Hoos Well Portal, you can earn rewards for participating in learning modules that can help you manage stress, improve sleep and coping skills, combat anxiety and depression, and nurture your emotional wellbeing.

    Explore emotional wellbeing Journeys
  • Try a free yoga class

    Through our partnership with IM-Rec Sports, Hoos Well offers several free, drop-in yoga classes every week; no advance sign-up or notice is required. UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center and Compassionate Care Initiative also offer free, drop-in yoga classes; to view their schedules, visit the links to their websites in the sidebar.

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  • Do good, and feel good!

    Volunteering is a great way to improve your emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Research shows that more than 90% of volunteers report greater happiness and an enriched sense of meaning and purpose in life. UVA provides up to 16 hours of paid Public Service Leave per calendar year for employees to perform eligible volunteer work, so that we can strive toward President Ryan's vision to not only to be great, but also to be good.

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