Apps and Recordings

Audio Recordings

Listen to these recordings as often as you like and breathe, relax, and de-stress.


Facilitator: Erika Horwitz, Associate Director of Counselling (Former), Health & Counselling
Duration:  10 minute and 25 minute versions available 
Description: Mindfulness helps you become focused and allows you to rest from constant thinking. Practice being in the present and let go of worries about the future and past.

10 minute version (Download .mp3)
25 minute version (Download .mp3)

Mountain Meditation

Adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mountain Meditation

Facilitator: Sarah Parkes, Clinical Counsellor, Health & Counselling
Duration:  19 minutes 
Description: This meditation uses mindfulness and visualization to foster inner stability amid the constantly changing nature of our mind, body, and surroundings. 

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Download our Mindfulness resource sheet >

Self Compassion

Affectionate Breathing

Adapted from Kristin Neff and Chris Germer's Affectionate Breathing Meditation

Facilitator: Sarah Parkes, Clinical Counsellor, Health & Counselling
Duration:  10 minutes 
Description: This soothing meditation encourages self-compassion through mindful breathing. 

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Facilitator: Cathy Trudeau, Clinicial Counsellor (Former), SFU Health & Counselling
Duration:  10 minutes
Description: Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a technique of tensing and relaxing muscles through your body. It can help to increase levels of relaxation and decrease levels of stress and tension. 

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Download our Progressive Muscle Relaxation resource sheet >

Body Scan 

Facilitator: Erika Horwitz, Associate Director Counselling (Former), Health & Counselling
Duration:  25 minutes
Description: The Body Scan is a Mindfulness-based practice that allows us to be present with our bodies and to learn to observe and experience our bodies without judgement, analysis, or resistance. It is sometimes useful to do it before doing the Mindfulness meditation as it tends to focus the mind and ground the body.

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Video Recordings

Find a space and make time to get your body moving so you can thrive at SFU and beyond.

See an assortment of yoga and other body movement exercises >


Whether you're looking to reduce anxiety or meditate more, apps are a great way to find peace and calmness when you're on the go. Find an app that works for you and keep it in your toolbox for the days you need it most.

My SSP - SFU-student-specific support program that offers support options available through Here2Talk and more including 24/7 counselling support.

BellyBio - Helps you practice deep abdominal breathing by providing biofeedback and music in sync with your breathing.

Calm - Meditation practices and sleep stories written and recorded by various individuals to help with sleep, meditation, and relaxation.

Happify - Science-based games and activities that aim to help you overcome stress, negative thoughts, and life’s general challenges.

Headspace - Learn mindfulness and meditation skills and use. guided meditations to help you manage stress and anxiety to help improve sleep, focus, and mind-body health.

Healthy Minds - Helps you deal with emotions and cope with various stressors by providing a daily mood tracker, journaling, stress buster strategies, video breathing exercises, and a problem-solving guide to help identify and develop a plan to address life challenges.

Insight Timer - Free guided meditations, music tracks, and ambient sounds to help calm the mind, relax, focus, and sleep better.

Mindshift - Strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that aims to provide free Anxiety relief by helping you learn how to practice mindfulness, relax, and develop effective ways of thinking.

Moodmission - Provides a tailored list of 5 Missions (mental health strategies including mindfulness meditations, exercise and fitness activities, affirmations, yoga, and more) based on how you are feeling at a specific time to help boost your mood.

MyLife - Recommends mindfulness activities to help deal with stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

The Safe Place - Free smartphone app focused on psychoeducation and self-care for minority mental health, geared towards the Black community.

Sanvello - Provides techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy via self-care, peer support, and trained coaches and therapists to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.