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, well-being, and social change

April 22, 2024

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As we engage in social justice and transformative activities to create a more just society, we also need to be aware of the impact this can have on our wellbeing. When we “work at the center of social problems, often in chronically under-resourced or highly stressful environments that don’t allow for self-reflection or self-care….we can experience problems such as burnout, serious health issues, and breakdowns in relationships,” according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. “While addressing these personal challenges is important in and of itself, there is also growing evidence that personal well-being lies at the heart of effectively addressing systemic social challenges. There is also growing interest in how individuals, funders, and organizations can support greater well-being in themselves and across the field.” Read more

Self-care and Earth Day

April 15, 2024

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Next Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, a time to be mindful that we are caring for ourselves when we care for the earth! Events are available all week all over the world and can be found at the Official 2024 Earth Day website: “Join us to honor and celebrate our remarkable planet on this extraordinary day. Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, encouraging us to come together and take action for a healthier planet and brighter future. Through various events, toolkits, and initiatives, we aim to raise awareness, inspire change, and foster a deeper connection with nature. Let's unite in our efforts to protect the Earth today and for generations to come. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and create a more sustainable world.” Read more

Self-care and feeling cared for

April 8, 2024

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Our work, especially at this time of the academic year, in often challenging, demanding, and stressful. That is why feeling cared for is especially important for our wellbeing right now. “Studies show that feeling cared about buffers against stress, increases positive emotions, promotes resilience, and increases caring for others,” according to a 2020 article in Psychology Today. Read more

Self-care and self-compassion

April 1, 2024

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Practicing compassion is important for our relationship with others, but especially healing when we engage in self-compassion for ourselves. “Self-compassion is simply the process of turning compassion inward.,” states Dr. Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. Read more


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