College of Education Self-Care

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SUN Program

Welcome to our College of Education Self-care Initiative, informally called Self-care for U at Northridge, the SUN Program.

It is so wonderful that you are considering self-care as an important way to care for yourself and keep balance and health in your life. Self-care means taking responsibility for yourself to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work and in your personal world through individually determined, proactive activities. You are at your best when you attend to yourself in equal measure to others in day-to-day living! 

Self-Care News

Self-care: How nature can heal you

August 3, 2020


We all love viewing a beautiful garden or towering trees in a cool green forest. But did you know that spending time in nature can actually improve your physical and emotional health? Dr. John La Puma, MD, became the first physician to teach a class in nature therapy at a major US university, Harvard. He has created a YouTube presentation “ChefMD's Green Cure: How Gardening and Nature Can Heal What Ails You” in which he shares information and research about the healing effects of spending time in nature.  Read more

Self-care and Ways to Cope with Pandemic and Digital Fatigue

July 27, 2020


It is so important for us to find ways to cope with the negative side effects of social isolation and worry right now, sometimes referred to as Pandemic Fatigue. What Is Pandemic Fatigue? An article from UCLA Health defines it as “wrestling with intense emotions day after day which drains our energy” and can impact us physically and emotionally. The experts at UCLA Health compassionately offer 7 healthy ways that we can cope with our physical and emotional needs during this pandemic. Read more

Self-care and silver linings during COVID-19

July 20, 2020


As we continue on this journey of unknown twists and turns due to COVID-19, one thing is crucial. We must look for the silver linings in all that we are experiencing and have hope that in the future, our world will become better because of what we are learning now. A recent blog in The Perspective Index reported on responses to a survey about silver linings. “To say 2020 has been tough would be a massive understatement. It feels like it’s been one crisis after another, and we’re all mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. But we’re a resilient bunch. And a la Sam Cooke, we’re always on the hunt for that good news. So we reached out to some of our friends and colleagues, leaders who span various industries, with a simple question: What’s one silver lining that’s come out of the COVID-19 pandemic?” Read more

Self-care and how to fight loneliness

July 13, 2020


In the last two weeks, we are returning once again to greater social isolation with the surge in numbers of COVID-19 and the renewed requirements to shelter at home. Even those of us living with others may be lonely for our extended family members in other parts of the country. And we may all be experiencing a different kind of loneliness for a past that does not currently exist. I have heard many touching stories in the last weeks of how members of our college are checking in each other, especially those who live alone, to offer support and keep connected. As an additional resource, Lisa Firestone has written an article entitled, “10 ways to fight loneliness while sheltering at home” in Psychology Today. Read more


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