Wellness Under Pressure – A toolkit for coping with challenging situations.

Letter from the Director

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."

— Peter Marshall

Bette Davis once said "Old age isn’t for sissies". We at the UI Wellness Center believe that wellness isn’t for the faint of heart either. Wellness has gotten a bit of a bad rap as a feel-good luxury for people who are blessed with good health and comfortable lives.

In reality, wellness is about living the best life you possibly can, even under less than ideal situations; in fact even in pretty yucky ones. It's about being realistic while maintaining hope and optimism. Wellness is about building resilience.

Over the last several years, our nation, our state and our University have gone through some pretty serious economic challenges. The UI Wellness Center realizes that as a result, many employees may be grappling with questions such as:

  • How do I do my work effectively with increased time constraints?
  • How do I cope emotionally?
  • How do I live well on less?

The UI Wellness Center and our Wellness Partners have teamed up to create a resource to address these issues. We invite you to visit our new web-based toolkit, "Wellness Under Pressure". This web-based toolkit features practical information in the following areas:

  • Staying Healthy
  • Making Ends Meet
  • Managing Time and Work
  • Coping with Stress and Uncertainty

In addition, you can also find lists of direct services and resources in the Wellness Under Pressure toolkit.

Our hope is to further develop the toolkit over time, adding new resources regularly.

We have a tremendous group of Wellness Partners who work with us on endeavors such as this. I would like to extend special thanks to the Partners who contributed to the development of the Wellness Under Pressure toolkit: Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Faculty Staff Assistance Program, campus Human Resources, McKinley Health Center, Nutritional Services, UI Extension Money Matters.

The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as "an active process through which people become aware of and make choices towards a more successful existence". The UI Wellness Center is here to help employees through that process. Please contact me if you have any suggestions about the Wellness Under Pressure toolkit, or about wellness programs in general.

Be well,

Michele Guerra, MS, CHES
Director, UI Wellness Center