According to the National Institute of Medical Health, one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness.
While there is a mental crisis on campus among your students, don’t forget about yourself and your team. All campus recreation professional staff need to be aware and take care of their own mental health and well-being.
One way to ensure this is to find a healthy work-life balance. However, this is a challenge for many in the campus recreation industry. But it starts with acknowledging there needs to be change and then coming up with a plan.
For example, Forbes’ “6 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance” offered up several suggestions to help the professional toward well-being:
In his 2019 blog, Matt Beck, the associate director for the department of Wellness at Oklahoma State University, shared there are a lot of barriers to his work-life balance. As such, he has several rules that he follows:
Skyler Rorabaugh, the director of campus recreation at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs shared in this article that work-life balance is what you make it.
One tip he gave dealt with email, which can be a time-consuming task. “I utilize email folders to store emails I may need to refer to at a later date. And I keep emails in my inbox that need a response or pertain to an immediate project or task I’m working on during the upcoming weeks,” he said.
Check out more of his tips for being healthy in the workplace here.
Whether you need to find a better work-life balance, or you need to lead your team in workplace well-being, the time to start is now. While your focus is your students, you can’t help as well as you could if you and the rest of the campus recreation staff are drowning in personal mental health issues and a lack of wellness.
It’s time to focus on your workplace well-being.
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