Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle

About halfway through the fall semester, I learned about a book called “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle,” by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. I was fortunate that the podcast I was listening to (Brene Brown’s “Unlocking Us” podcast) gave me the basics I needed to at least start to apply some of the concepts to help me overcome completely losing it during the insane semester that was Fall 2020. But I wanted to be sure I followed up and got the whole picture, so during winter break I finally cracked “Burnout” open.

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Addressing Student Stress At The End Of The Semester

Health Promotion: Addressing Student Stress at the End of the Semester

This blog post is the second in a series of posts from NDSU Health Promotion. With the understanding that students’ health and well-being affect every facet of their lives, including their academic performance, we have created a series of posts with information and practical tips for faculty to promote health and well-being in their classroom. For each topic in the series, we asked our peer educators—the Body Project, Healthy Herd Champions, and Violence Prevention Educators—to provide us with their point of view as students, and we have incorporated their feedback throughout each post.

This post focuses on addressing student stress at the end of the semester, while a future post will focus on addressing student stress at the beginning of the semester.

Student Stress During Dead Week and Finals
As we head into the end of the semester, we know that student stress often rises as we move closer to dead week and finals week. This semester students report that they are feeling more stress than ever due to the challenges of attending college while surviving a global pandemic, and we know that will only intensify in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Addressing Student Stress At The End Of The Semester”

Burnout: How To Avoid It, How To Overcome It.

burnout: how to avoid it, how to overcome it.

In the past, I have written here about how to take care of yourself during the pandemic.  As co-chairs of the mental health committee of the President’s Council for Campus Well-being, Emily Fraizer and I have shared information with the campus-community about surge capacity and how to deal with your surge capacity being challenged.

Today, I want to talk about what happens when these areas of stress continue for a length of time and intensity that they begin to overwhelm.  In other words, what is burnout, how can you avoid it, and how can you best deal with it if it happens to you? Continue reading “Burnout: How To Avoid It, How To Overcome It.”

How do we promote health and well-being in the classroom?

girl resting with hot beverage

This series of blog posts from NDSU Health Promotion will explore how faculty can promote health and well-being from the classroom. Before we begin, we want to give a brief overview of NDSU Health Promotion’s mission and values. NDSU Health Promotion, within Student Health Service, engages the broader campus community to inform, educate and empower students to make healthy decisions that enhance their success and well-being. We understand the reciprocal relationship between health and learning, and we partner with other NDSU services and resources to foster a campus climate that supports health and well-being.

Health Promotion Peer Education Groups

One of the many ways we do this is through our peer education groups. Peer educators are students who serve as leaders and role models to fellow students and encourage others to make responsible and healthy lifestyle choices. There are three peer education groups in Health Promotion, each with their own focus on specific aspects of well-being.

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Food Insecurity Through the Lens of an NDSU Student

Food Insecurity Through The Lens of a Student

When you look at someone, there are many things that you might assume about that person. For instance, if I walk past you on the sidewalk and smile, you might presume that I’m in a good mood. There is a good chance that you are correct in your assumption, but there is also a chance that you are not. The only real way to find out if I’m in a good mood or not is to ask me.

There are many details of a person’s life that we do not see, and that’s perfectly normal because autonomy is necessary. But what if we challenged our assumptions about others by simply asking a question: Could this create a better learning environment for students?

To increase understanding and awareness, this blog post will explore an issue that is largely present on college campuses worldwide – food insecurity. We will explore the subject of food insecurity through the lens of a college student at NDSU.

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COVID-19 is Here, I’m an NDSU Supervisor: What do I Need to Know?

Worker at a computer with mask

It’s been said countless times by now that the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation.  Knowing that there was no way to be fully prepared for the new situation we find ourselves in, however, doesn’t necessarily ease our minds as we try to figure out how to best lead as a supervisor for our staff. 

Supervisors have some practical concerns to consider, such as managing communication, supplies, technology, and ensuring staff are productive.  Other considerations, that may be just as practical but are perhaps not viewed that way traditionally, include supporting employees with the unique challenges each will face as they work from home and employee health and wellness. 

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Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times

Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times

For most of us, what was considered our normal daily way of life has changed dramatically over the past few weeks. Schools have gone to on-line instruction, people are being told to use social distancing and to shelter in place, and restaurants have been forced to close. These changes are bound to lead to a variety of intense feelings for many of us, with those people already suffering from anxiety and other mental health concerns likely to have more difficulties coping during this crisis. Continue reading “Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times”