The Mindful Academy – Episode 3.9 Highlights

Overcoming Faculty Overwhelm: A Deeper Dive

Greetings, Mindful Community!

In the newest episode (3.9) of the Mindful Academy, I talked about the intricacies of faculty overwhelm. Last episode(3.8), I identified four faculty frustrations, and today, I’m tackling the beast of overwhelm.

Check-in with Your Emotions

Feeling overwhelmed is common, but how do you respond? Anger, shutdown, hyperdrive? It is sooo important to identify your emotional response and give it a name, in order to pave the way for effective coping strategies.

If you want help and pointers for identifying the emotions you’re experiencing in the moment, I recommend the “How We Feel” app on both Google and Apple. 

Ground Yourself in the Present Moment

For those drowning in anxiety and stress, I have a quick grounding exercise. Two minutes, five senses – a powerful tool to pull yourself back from the whirlwind of overwhelming thoughts.

Craft Your Speciality, Avoid Overwhelm

In academia, the pressure to excel in various roles can be exhausting. There is a remedy: identify your specialty, your superpower, and align your work accordingly. Less overwhelm, more intentional steering.

Saying yes to every opportunity may not be the best strategy. I advise putting your hand up for tasks that align with your strengths and contribute to your fulfillment. It’s about focusing on your strengths and doubling down on them.

Get in Touch!

Need more insights or want to discuss your faculty frustrations? Reach out to me at or connect on LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Our Host:

Jennifer used to be a professor, until one day she moved to a different country and gave up her career. She had to figure out “what next?”

Jennifer has devoted the last ten years to learning all that she can about positive psychology, emotional intelligence, the growth mindset, and mindfulness, so that she can help others do the same, and build a rewarding career in the process.