What is Emotional Wellness?

• Accepting yourself for who you are
• Valuing self-exploration and improvement
• Having a generally positive outlook
• Being able to ask for help 
• Having personal boundaries and not over-extending yourself
• Recognizing and managing different stressors

Strategies to enhance Emotional Wellness

Learn how to manage a busy schedule

  • Focus on the present moment and what can be controlled, such as your breathing
  • Practice five or ten minutes of mindfulness meditation each day
  • Strive for balance by making time for things you enjoy and family & friends 

Keep your self-esteem high

  • Talk yourself up! Make a list in your mind or on paper of all your positive qualities and accomplishments
  • Volunteer for something you care about and share your skills and knowledge with others
  • Surround yourself with supportive and caring friends

Learn how to deal with worries about exams, relationships, work or unexpected hurdles in your life

  • Increase your physical activity. Whether its running, yoga or tennis with a friend, being active will help you manage those stressful moments
  • Remember that attitude is everything! Check your perspective and focus on positive thoughts
  • Ask for help when you need it. There are many people and resources on campus that can help

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© 2010 by Simon Fraser University-Health and Counselling Services Image adapted with permission of Simon Fraser University-Health and Counselling Services, (July 26, 2010). Simon Fraser University maintains all rights of reproduction and publication to this page and the overall Wellness Wheel.