October is the time in which we are all hitting our stride, under normal circumstances. But these aren’t normal circumstances. In my recent facebook live broadcast, I asked folx how they were doing. Overwhelmingly, the response was in unison – “exhausted.” So much is happening in our world, in our country, in our state. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in Northern California as they continue to deal with the impact of devastating fires.
If you want to get caught up on what is happening with WACUHO, check out the broadcast from last week here. Moving forward, we are going to start engaging in the work of our Association. The RAPs are coming up, and I will be traveling throughout the state in November to see the future of our field! I am very excited to visit with colleagues from across the state and region.
I want to get back to the sentiment of professionals across our field. Collectively, we are exhausted. First, take solace that you are not alone. Second, this is a great time to be reminded that has caretakers, we need to focus on taking care of ourselves. It often feels “selfish” to want to spend time taking care of ourselves, but by doing so, you are going to be more effective in helping others out. You need to be your number 1 priority. A wise mentor once shared “saying ‘no’ to something is saying ‘yes’ to something else.” If you are constantly telling work “yes” and you are telling yourself “no” – that will burn you out. It’s time to remember, we are running a marathon of a journey. This is not supposed to be a sprint. If you need a break, take a break. Talk with your supervisor about support.
At the same time, we need to recognize that what I just wrote comes from a place of privilege. Not all of us are in positions where we can find support from our supervisors (or society) to take care of our own emotional well being. If you find yourself here, I’d encourage you to reach out to colleagues on other campuses who can help you navigate that support.
Again, if there is anything our Association can do to support you, please ask. What we do is very unique. All of us play a role in shaping the next generation of leaders, and that is something to both be proud of, and understand the emotional toll that can take. Take care of yourself! Hopefully I will see you at a RAP in the next month!