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UNI Employee Well-being | Spiritual and Emotional Well-being


Spiritual well-being concentrates on the meaning and purpose of life and is cultivated by using experiences and beliefs to form your view of the world. Emotional well-being is the awareness and acceptance of personal feelings. UNI employees are invited to utilize the following resources and tools to enhance spiritual and emotional well-being.

Employee Assistance Program

The University of Northern Iowa recognizes that in the course of daily living, all employees face problems and difficulties. In some cases, these problems can become overwhelming and affect your relationships, health, performance at work, and self-respect. For this reason, UNI has contracted with Employee & Family Resources (EFR) to offer the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Resources on Stress

Stress is a normal psychological and physical response to an event or situation that demands a change, places a threat on the order or safety of your life, or necessitates a unique requirement on your physical, mental, and emotional resources. Our bodies show signs of stress when adrenaline begins to pump, our breathing quickens, the heart starts pounding, blood pressure increases, blood vessels constrict, and blood rushes to the muscles.

After the stressful threat is eliminated, your body is supposed to return to its relaxed state, but the pace and demands of modern life may make it challenging to return to a non-stressed state. Over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health problems, which is why it is essential to manage the stressors in your life. Tools to manage stress and increase your resiliency are essential in promoting emotional wellness. The resources below offer recommendations for reducing stress:

Employee & Family Resources: Real Life Solutions

Read the Employee Newsletter Archive by Employee & Family Resources, UNI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), to access Real Life Solutions for managing stress, increasing resiliency, and improving your emotional well-being.

American Psychological Association Help Center

Employees may utilize the APA Help Center, which is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information relating to emotional well-being. Help Center interest areas include work & school, family & relationships, health & emotional wellness, disasters & terrorism, and managed care & health insurance.

Psych Central

Access online mental health resources at Psych Central, a comprehensive online tool that provides information on psychological conditions, research in mental health, and support groups. Information may be accessed through quizzes and surveys, blogs, news articles, and more.  

Seek Treatment & Support for an Eating Disorder  

The National Eating Disorders Association provides help and support to individuals struggling with an eating disorder through its confidential Helpline.  Find a treatment referral or locate a support group as a step to recovery.

Assistance for Alcohol Abuse

Employees concerned about an alcohol abuse problem may contact Alcoholics Anonymous. Learn more about the fellowship of A.A. and how it works or find the contact information to local A.A. offices.

Grief and Healing Support Groups

Visit the Cedar Valley Hospice webpage to learn about sharing grief and healing with others through local support groups. A variety of open and closed groups are available in the Cedar Valley. Grief support groups provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences with others living with similar circumstances.

Know Your Purpose

One of the Power 9®: Blue Zones Lessons

Shared traits of the world’s longest-lived people

“When you have a clear sense of purpose and are operating in alignment with it, you tap into a powerful source of energy and potential” – The Blue Zones Project™

Ask Questions

  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • What am I striving for?
  • What difference does my life make?
  • What are my gifts?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are my values?


  • Identify individuals who serve as committed listeners, catalysts, role models, and thinking partners in your life. How can you work with these individuals to help develop and strengthen your purpose in life? How can you serve one of these roles for friends and family in your own life?
  • Look at your life story to identify significant life events which have shaped you, and contemplate what life events you see as achievable in your future.
  • Keep a record of moments during a week when you feel you are doing something especially meaningful. Examples of these moments may include time spent with loved ones, completing a meaningful project, volunteering, or enjoying a hobby or time for yourself



The benefits of living with purpose include:

  • Better Health
  • Higher Performance
  • Greater Resiliency

“With your purpose, gifts, passions, and values...articulated, you can make powerful, conscious choices to shape the future as you want it to be. You will experience the vitality that comes from living with a sense of purpose” –The Blue Zones Project™