College of Education Self-Care

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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

Letting go as a form of self-care

March 4, 2024

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One of the challenging acts of self-care is finding the courage for letting go-letting go of anger at others who have treated us badly, letting go of unhealthy situations, letting go of traumatic memories. According to a Mental Health Center online article,  “it’s crucial to differentiate letting go from avoidance or suppression. Avoidance refers to steering clear from facing unpleasant emotions or experiences, while suppression involves consciously forcing unwanted thoughts and feelings out of our conscious awareness. Letting go, on the other hand, is about bravely confronting these challenging emotions and experiences, understanding them, and then releasing them with full consciousness. It’s a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, healing, and transformation that ultimately leads to peace and personal growthRead more

Self-care and social support

February 26, 2024

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One of the most important ways to ensure our health and wellbeing is by staying connected to others who support us. According to Courtney Beard, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, “Broadly speaking, social support refers to helping behaviors, feelings of comfort, and appreciation shared within a network of individuals. More specifically, social support is defined as the perception that we are loved, cared for, and valued by others, and are part of a network of other individuals we exchange mutual support with” (Wills, 1991). Dr. Beard states that “Strong social support is linked to better physical and mental health, and better response to trauma.” Read more

Self-care and Hope

February 19, 2024

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We can safely say that there are many sources of stress in our world at the moment. One way to reduce stress is to remain optimistic that everything will return to better times in our future. But there is another way to move forward in a more realistic, proactive, and engaged way when facing life’s challenges, and that is to have hope. Read more

Self-care and Joy on Valentine's Day

February 12, 2024

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As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, we may think about joy and happiness with others, but what does this really mean and how do we know we have it?  Joy is “an enduring and underlying sense of something that is deeper than the emotion of happiness,” according to researcher Dr. Pamela King, Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science at the Thrive Center for Human Development in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Read more


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