UTSA is committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our entire campus community. Faculty face unique challenges in both the classroom and in their careers. You are at your best as a teacher when you are practicing self-care and being mindful of the pressures you face at work and at home. Here are a few resources to help.
Taking Care of Yourself
- Create a professional management plan to help you accomplish short term and long-term goal
- Agree to service with a purpose. Focus on service projects that can help you network and move your career forward. Say “No” to extra work that does not get you toward an immediate career goal or if time commitment will hurt your ability to perform in your primary role
- Work with TLS to find ways to save time in the classroom without sacrificing quality learning
- Be aware of Imposter Syndrome and how it hurts your mental well-being
- Find colleagues and mentors who you can talk to about your journey
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Leveling Up, Joining Up
- Pick up a book, go for a walk, or give yourself some well-deserved rest.
For more review
- Wringing Out Your Brain: Higher Educational Professionals and Self-Care
- Preventing Faculty Burnout Through Self-Care And Self-Advocacy
- 8 Proven Exercises that Boost Your Mental Strength
- Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses: Resource Guide and Suggestions for Practice