Hello everyone,

I can't believe that it's October already.  It's as if September quickly vanished in a rain cloud. Already, I'm seeing Hallowe'en displays in the stores and, yes, Christmas ones, too.

While fall is one of my favourite seasons, for many of us the shorter days can be a real time to wind down. Our bodies almost demand us to gear down energy-wise.  Add to that the transition of working back on campus during COVID-19 and we can end up feeling depleted and drained.  

Many of you are letting us know how tired you're feeling. We've been used to working from home and working to a different schedule.  Commuting into work each day can exhaust us.  Throw in things like budget preparation season and more pandemic news and you can feel very overwhelmed indeed. 

We're advocating for you. We're letting the senior administration know about the general exhaustion of many of our APSA members.  We're continuing to advocate for hybrid work arrangements for you, not only because in many instances they make operational sense, but because they're also a key part of the new world of work. Many of you are looking for workplace flexibility and, most importantly, more work-life balance.

It's important to not lose sight of yourself and your needs during this fall transition. Take out time to relax, spend time with those you love and focus, where you can, on replenishing yourself.

In this month's advocacy column, we address some of the things you can do to help you with your fatigue. As always, my team and I are here to help you.

Let us know. We're listening.

Take care,