Emotional Health

Keeping positive and negative 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.  

Positive emotions

Creating, experiencing, and savouring positive emotions can help you maintain good mental health. Positive emotions help us foster relationships, explore new experiences, expand our thought processes, buffer against negative emotions, and build resilience.

  • Next time you have a positive experience, take the time to really enjoy it. Let yourself notice and enjoy the experience for a few moments
  • Create a bliss list of things that make you feel happy. Try to experience as many of these as possible in the next week
  • Write down three good things that happen every day. You will start to rewire your brain to pay more attention to the good things in your life
  • Did you know that your physical environment impacts your mood, as well as your cognitive performance? Choose a study spot with natural light, good air circulation, comfortable furniture, and exposure to natural elements


Resilience is our ability to adapt well to adverse circumstances. Challenges, disappointments, failures, and loss are unavoidable aspects of life, so building our resilience to respond well to these experiences is an important way to maintain well-being.

  • Next time you experience a failure or a set-back, try to remember that it is a normal experience and is an opportunity for growth and development
  • Seek out new challenges and take risks. Embrace the struggle and failings that come with a new challenge and start seeing them as necessary for growth and learning
  • When you receive criticism, listen to it and find the learning within it
  • Try focusing on the process of learning rather than its outcome
  • Explore support options—the Mental Health at SFU website outlines a range of support services for you to access including the My SSP app
  • Work through Bouncing Forward, the free, evidence-based Canvas course developed for SFU students to enhance your resilience
  • As a TA/TM, join the TA/TM well-being project to learn resilience skills for you and your students


Self-compassion is extending compassion to yourself in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. A large body of research shows that self-compassionate individuals suffer less and thrive more.

  • Be kind to yourself by taking time for something you love or reminding yourself of the positive things you’ve accomplished
  • Have a look for a self-compassion guided meditation online
  • Take a moment to think about how you would approach a friend or loved one if they were struggling and treat yourself with the same kindness
  • Complete the Wellness Quiz to assess your emotional wellness and be linked with useful resources both on- and off-campus.
Faculty and staff

Are you looking for ways to help grow social connections in your classroom or workplace? Everyone at SFU can work to make our campus a healthy community. Learn how you can support well-being as a teacher or administrator.