Your Health and Well-being
It’s okay to feel what you’re feeling
You may experience higher levels of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Here are some strategies that might help:
- Focus on the present moment and what you can control
- Practice five or ten minutes of mindfulness meditation each day
- Keep feelings of self-esteem high by sharing your skills and knowledge with others. Consider joining an SFU club that contributes to the betterment of the broader community or a Peer Mentorship program.
- (Virtually) surround yourself with supportive and caring friends (e.g. set a time for a virtual Netflix watch party, study/writing session on Zoom, or playing games together)
- Ask for help when you need it. There are many people and resources on campus that can help.
- Integrate physical activity into your day. Whether it’s high-intensity interval training, yoga, or participating in online fitness classes, being active will improve your mind and body’s feelings of wellness.
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – lack of sleep has a significant impact on your ability to cope with worries and stress.
- Try to maintain a positive outlook by practicing self-compassion and gratitude.
- Set small achievable goals to accomplish each day
- Engage in a creative activity you feel excited about (e.g. listening to music or your favourite songs is also a great way to destress!)
You can read more about strategies to reduce stress and anxiety during challenging times here.
Reflect on your personal dimensions of wellness
Adapted from the Indigenous Medicine Wheel - that depicts the interactions of the physical, emotional, mental/intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life - the Wellness Wheel is an interactive tool that includes strategies, resources, and links to on and off-campus supports. Consider taking the Wellness Quiz to learn how well-balanced you are in each of the seven wellness dimensions.
It is natural for these dimensions to vary, and some areas may be easier for you during self-isolation. Everyone’s wellness is different depending on their individual needs, experiences, and circumstances. It’s okay if you need to relax - you do not need to do everything suggested in the Wellness Wheel.
“Chunk” out your 14-day self-isolation
Note: These resources are optional to use, as there may be times when you want to plan your day or other times when you will need to relax.
Sometimes the toughest part is knowing where to start, so consider mapping out parts of each day into manageable pieces. Besides sleeping and waking at reasonable hours, remember to make time to care for yourself among your other responsibilities.
This 14 day self-isolation planner can help you stay present at the task at hand while also moving closer towards healthy and sustainable habits.
Reach out for help when you need it
Seeking help by asking for practical, social, or emotional support from others is a valuable coping strategy. While independence is an important life skill, it’s also important to know when to ask for help, who to ask, and what support is available. Keep the following list of campus and community resources in mind:
- Office of Student Support, Rights & Responsibilities, call 778.782.9456 or 778.782.6601 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Health and Counselling Services, call 778.782.4615 or email email@example.com.
- All graduate and undergraduate SFU students can access free, immediate support 24/7 (chat or phone) in multiple languages with My SSP (Student Support Program). Call 1-844-451-9700 (CAN/ US) or 001-416-380-6578 (international, charges may apply)
- Indigenous Student Centre, call 778-782-6929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International Services for Students, call (1) 778.782.4232 or email email@example.com. International Student Advisors are available by phone, email or live chat to answer your questions.
Other Important Contacts:
- For non-emergency health questions/advice from a health service professional, call 8-1-1 for Health Link BC for free, 24/7 support
- If you are in a life-threatening emergency (need Police, Fire and/or Medical Services), call 911
- Province of BC COVID-19 Hotline: Call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300. Available daily 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM. Information available in over 110 languages.