Last week was hard. It was particularly hard for those members of our community who have faced racism and discrimination in their own lives, but it was also a hard week for our community as a whole. Many of us found ourselves wondering what to say to our students in class and how to respond to the complex mix of emotions they were experiencing while also managing our own. As the VC has said, we have a lot of work to do. At the same time, we know that many of us are feeling tired, and have been feeling that way for quite some time. As we begin a new week, we offer a few resources that we hope will help you—in the words of psychologist Mays Imad—to “keep walking”. We’ve taken some of the links we shared for our CfT “un-sessions” last week and added a few extras that people kindly sent us. If you have your own favorite resource for avoiding burnout or cultivating mental and physical wellness more generally, just let us know and we’ll add it to the document. A few highlights:
- A reminder from Mays Imad on the importance of hope in difficult times, and an encouragement to keep walking.
- A 6-minute “yoga at your desk” video and a guided meditation app.
- Ten Best Day Hikes around Sewanee, and three apps—Seek, PlantSnap, and Night Sky—to help identify plants, critters, and celestial objects along the way.
The whole list—including readings, podcasts, music, and more—is available here. If you need someone to talk to and would like to get a referral to a mental health specialist, Ashley Liston-Avnaim (CAPS Director) can help with that: just shoot her an email.