Introducing PAEA Wellness Month
For the past year, PA programs and their faculty have been operating at surge capacity. We have been forced us to quickly and continually pivot our work. The pandemic, accompanied by the magnification health disparities, a turbulent election season, and a long overdue awakening surrounding systemic racism in our nation, has been undeniably stressful. PAs and PA educators have been at the forefront of these historic moments, guiding students, caring for patients, and collaborating with colleagues to create a brighter future.
Throughout the past year, many of us have sacrificed our own well-being. Working from home – in many respects – has become living at work. Self-care is critical, not just to preserve our own mental, emotional, and physical well-being but to also allow us to support our students who are also struggling to adapt in this virtual environment.
Listen to a message on the importance of intentional self-care from PAEA President, Michel Statler, below.
The comments received in PAEA’s second Rapid Response Report identified a need for faculty wellness opportunities. Developing resources to meet our members’ needs is central to PAEA’s work. Therefore, we are excited to launch a month-long focus on wellness. Throughout the month, PAEA will offer practicable ideas and resources to help you prioritize wellbeing. You are worthy of wellness, and we believe the health and wellbeing of patients, programs, and communities starts with you.
PAEA Wellness Webinar: Coach Yourself to Better Health – COVID-19 & Beyond
Join us on March 18, from noon – 1 p.m. ET for an interactive webinar with Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D., a health behavior change expert on a mission to make wellness easy and accessible. In this event, participants will:
- Learn tips to practice and prioritize self-care
- Discover how to manage and balance energy to achieve high-level wellness
- Kick-start healthy habits to boost immunity and vitality during COVID-19 and beyond
In addition to this informational webinar, participants will receive a COVID-19 “survival kit” with tips to cultivate wellbeing through mindfulness, activity, rest, and nutrition.
Visit our Wellness Channel in the Digital Learning Hub
PAEA has posted a collection of articles and tips to help you reduce stress and live well. Visit our wellness channel in the Digital Learning Hub for resources on preventing burnout, practicing wellness through change and uncertainty, fostering mental health wellness in the workplace, and more.
Join us and Inspire Your Colleagues
We want to hear from you. Do you practice yoga, have a special hobby, or set important work-life boundaries? Share a quick photo and description of your favorite wellness practice(s) by emailing kshelton@PAEAonline.org or posting your wellness practices on social media, using the hashtag #PAEAWellnessMonth for the chance to be featured.