Your well-being

April 6, 2017

Easing caregiver stress

As a member of a school community, you are automatically a caregiver at work. But what happens to staff members who leave work and then shoulder the many tasks of caregiving for an elderly parent, a child or an ill family member or friend?

March 2, 2017

Treating alcohol and substance abuse

Many kinds of support are available for those with substance-use issues and for their loved ones, including detox, rehab and intensive outpatient services.

February 2, 2017

Stress, fear and anxiety

Workplace stress is on the rise. That is bad news, as we now know that stress can cause or exacerbate disease.

January 5, 2017

Coping with grief and loss

Loss is part of life. We experience many losses in the course of a lifetime, from the death of a partner, sibling, parent or child, to the loss of a pet, a job, a home or a relationship.

December 1, 2016

Handling holiday stress

Holidays can be wonderful — but they often come with varying degrees of stress.

November 3, 2016

Cultural competence

To do their jobs well, educators need to understand their students’ lives and cultures. This involves skills we often downplay in Western culture: the art of listening and asking questions with humility.

October 6, 2016

Handling difficult people

We all encounter difficult people in our lives, and whether it’s a family member, co-worker or supervisor, difficult people can turn a good day into a dramatically bad one if you don’t have strategies for dealing with the challenge.

September 8, 2016

Taming September chaos

The lazy days of summer are over and you may experience mixed emotions now that it’s time to set the alarm clock and get back on track for a new school year.

July 7, 2016

Member Assistance offers summer hours

If there are issues you want to discuss, you should be aware that the Member Assistance Program is open throughout the summer to provide short-term counseling to in-service UFT members, for both work-related and personal issues.

June 2, 2016

Managing transitions

As the school year wraps up, some people experience stress and depression; they feel sad and anxious that something they were so engaged in is now coming to an end.

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