Welcome to September! The campus is once again a buzzing hive of activity, excitement and new beginnings.
Though not the start of a new calendar year, September marks the beginning of the new school year and brings with it a sense of refreshment and renewal. Unfortunately, this can often be coupled with high levels of stress, increased work related pressures, and, as one of my colleagues put it, a general sense of ‘fury’ across campus.
How do we cope?
What strategies can we use to get through this hectic time and remain healthy and well?
It is no secret that the last month has been a challenging one for several of us within the UBC community. There has been anxiety, flurries of questions and the stress of uncertainty. Add the increased stress of the start of the school year, longer commutes and never-ending coffee lineups and you have a recipe for burnout and negative attitudes.
September could not have arrived at a better time. This is our chance to stop and hit reset. It’s important for us to remember some key points:
- We have the power to control how we face the day.
- We hold the ability to approach situations in a different way.
- We can change our behaviour and interactions with others.
- We deserve this fresh start, as do our colleagues, students and loved ones.
UBC may not be new to me but it may be new to others. I want to keep in mind that what I have experienced is the past, and that every individual, student, colleague and community member deserves my very best this year. I have a unique opportunity to help others, to potentially impact their experience at UBC, and I want to have the energy and passion to do this when the chance arises.
Join me this month in hitting the reset button. Give yourself the gift of a fresh state of mind with which to enter the new school year and afford others around you the opportunity to experience this too.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”-T.S. Eliot
All my best,