What is self-care?
Self-care is taking responsibility for yourself to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work and in your personal world through individually determined, proactive activities.
In keeping with the CSUN theme of inclusion and excellence within the campus community, the vision of the College of Education Self-Care Initiative (Self-care for U at Northridge, or the SUN Program) is to motivate and empower COE faculty and staff to engage in a healthy lifestyle within the college environment in order to promote a community that embraces a culture of joyful productivity and provides opportunities for both the college and its people to thrive.
The mission of self-care in the College of Education is to offer an inclusively developed program in which COE faculty and staff identify and engage in convenient, balancing, and life-enhancing self-care activities located within the college to support both healthy faculty and staff, and a healthy college environment.
Why participate in self-care? What are some of the possible benefits?
- Faculty and staff self-care brings people together in a relaxed atmosphere to give attention to their needs for healthy living, renewal, and quality of life in the College. It offers a pleasant, constructive setting for faculty socializing and networking.
- Activities focused on self-care can ultimately make people more productive and satisfied in their jobs, both as individuals and in working together.
- COE Self-care activities show an appreciation of our hard-working faculty and staff and a concern for our welfare.
- Attending a self-care group promotes a sense of belonging.
- Self-care ideally will be embraced as a philosophy of life, and can encourage creative development of other self-care activities within the college, engagement in other self-care resources within the wider campus and the community, and promotion of a self-care philosophy with our students entering the teaching, counseling, and administrative fields.
- A self-care philosophy of life leads to healthy living, renewal, and quality of life in one’s personal life outside the college community as well.
(Thanks to Susan Auerbach for contributions)