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Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our emotional wellness.


  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • Being sensitive to your feelings and the feelings of others
  • Learning to cope with stress
  • Being realistic about your expectations and time
  • Taking responsibility for your own behavior
  • Dealing with your personal issues realistically
  • Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles
  • Functioning independently but knowing when you need to ask for help
  • Have the capacity to nurture themselves and others, and accept nurturing from others
  • Have a developed sense of self, an understanding of who they are


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Campus Resources

The Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center has a qualified team ready to help students manage stress, study habits, psychiatric disorders and more.


Local Organizations

Healthy Nashville

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee


Have Fun with Friends

Take a break and do something fun and stress free with friends.  Go see a play, watching a sporting event, catch the latest movie, or even just take a walk. Sarratt Box Office sells discounted tickets for students to campus and local events.


Practice a Form of Meditation

Try a new meditation technique to help relieve some stress and help you relax. Once you master how to do them at home, you can use these techniques to help you relax anywhere at any time.

Guided Meditation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation


Keep a Planner

Write down all of your assignments, events, and commitments to help you organize and manage your time.  You can either use a planner book, google calendar, your phone calendar app, or any scheduler that you will use often.


Write a Gratitude Journal

Every morning and/or every evening write down five things you are grateful for.  This forces ourselves to pay attention to the good things in life we’d otherwise take for granted, and adds perspective to the not-so-good things in life.