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 and forgiveness

October 2, 2023

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It is important that we take regular care of ourselves, and this includes attending to our wellbeing when interacting with others. When engaged in difficult relationships, this can be challenging. One of the hardest things to do is to forgive others for the injustices that we have experienced. And yet, according to Dr. Bob Enright, a professor in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, forgiveness is one of the most important ways we can take care of ourselves. Read more

Self-care and work-life balance

September 24, 2023

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Maintaining work-life balance can be challenging, even when we love the work that we do. Finding balance is about listening to and responding to what the body and mind are asking for in our every changing work and life environments. Read more

Self-care and the arts

September 18, 2023

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Engaging in art is an act of self-care. This has been found to be true at every age and with many forms of artistic expression. Recently, recognition of the importance of the arts for wholistic health and wellbeing has been a focus of education and has been supported in California in the recent passage of Proposition 28, which now funds arts education in all K-12 schools. Studies with adults have also shown that expression through the arts can have many benefits, such as boosting self-esteem, facilitating healing, and reducing stress. Read more

Self-care and coping with stress

September 11, 2023

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There are many reasons we experience stress within daily life. The American Psychological Association stress resource page indicates that “the stress response is a survival mechanism that primes us to respond to threats. When a stressor is negative and can’t be fought off or avoided—such as difficulties at work or a loved one’s medical crisis—or when the experience of stress becomes chronic, our biological responses to stress can impair our physical and mental health.” So how can we take care of ourselves when experiencing stress? Read more


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