Make space for well-being

Get the most out of your time at SFU.

Maintaining your overall well-being is key to achieving success at SFU – whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member. SPACE is an easy-to-remember acronym that outlines five evidence-based areas of positive mental health.

  • Social connection
  • Physical health
  • Awareness
  • Contribution
  • Emotional health

Get ideas on how to make SPACE for your well-being by browsing the suggestions below.

Faculty and staff

Are you looking to promote well-being in your classroom or workplace? Everyone at SFU can help create a healthy campus community. Learn how you can support well-being as a teacher or administrator below.

S: Social connection

What does it mean to be socially connected? Quality relationships are central to individual and collective well-being and you do not need to be physically with someone to feel connected to them. Discover how to enhance your university experience by connecting with others, forming new or enhancing existing relationships, and engaging with your community.

Grow your social connections >

P: Physical health

Physical health is important for overall well-being and is linked to positive mental health. Support your physical health by getting restful sleep, nourishing your body with nutritious food, and being active.

Maintain your physical health >

A: Awareness

Awareness of ourselves and our surroundings allows for deeper connection and enhanced perspectives. Know and use your strengths, practice mindfulness, and exercise gratitude.

Practice awareness >

C: Contribution

Contributing to something bigger than ourselves gives us purpose and meaning. Find meaning, perform acts of kindness, focus on others, and contribute to your community.

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E: Emotional health

Keeping all emotions in balance is important for our overall well-being. Create and savour positive experiences, practice resilience and self-compassion, and find support as you need it.

Keep your emotions in balance >