1st Edition

Exploring Time as a Resource for Wellness in Higher Education Identity, Self-care and Wellbeing at Work

Edited By Sharon McDonough, Narelle Lemon Copyright 2025
    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together international perspectives, this book demonstrates the importance of reframing time in higher education and how we can view it as a resource to support wellbeing and self-care.

    Time is a central part of our lives and structures our days, and yet often we don’t think about the socially constructed nature of time or how we might reframe our relationship with time and our work in ways that support our self-care and wellbeing. Exploring Time as a Resource for Wellness in Higher Education suggests an alternative way to look at how we structure our time to better support our wellbeing. Drawing on a range of theoretical and personal perspectives, the authors advocate for a reconsideration and reconceptualization of our relationship with time. By sharing their experiences, the authors encourage readers to notice how they spend their time and offer strategies for an intentional focus on the relationship between time, self-care, and wellbeing. Whether it's making time, having time, or investing in time, this book explores strategies and reflections necessary to grow, maintain, and protect wellbeing.

    This book is a valuable resource for those working in higher education, offering individual, collective, and systemic suggestions and strategies for navigating the ways we see time and wellbeing.


    1. Reconceptualising our relationship with time to enhance self-care and wellbeing in higher education

    Sharon McDonough and Narelle Lemon


    Opening poem: Navigating Academia's Labyrinth: Time, Identity, and Wellbeing

    Narelle Lemon

    2. Reclaiming Embodiment of my Academic Time through Yoga Practice

    Amy Walker

    3. Moving abroad to work in Higher Education,in a different language, as a constructive disruption

    Eric Bel and Johanna Tomczak

    4. Time keeps on slippin’, slipping: Oldlings holding on, and onto the embodied self

    Felicity Molloy

    5. Not quite a professor: professional identity, self-care and time management as an atypical academic

    Carol-Anne Gauthier



    Opening poem: Echoes of Academia: Time, Care, and Collective Wellbeing

    Narelle Lemon

    6. The Work of Wellbeing: Making Time and Creating Space in Academia

    Angela W. Webb and Melanie Shoffner

    7.  Fire and Focus: The Decision of Which Flames to Fan in Higher Education

    Destini Braxton

    8.  Fighting Dragons with Contemplative Practices: A Hero’s Journey in Higher Education through Time and Self-Care

    Melanie Reaves

    9. Time Allocation and Job Satisfaction for Women Academics: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

    Aslı Ermiş-Mert and Elif Yilmaz

    10. Interstate Dialogues: Chronicles of Rhythms of Time and the Art of Self-Care of a Mobile Academic

    Narelle Lemon and Sharon McDonough



    Opening poem: Embracing Balance: Nurturing Academia's Soul

    Narelle Lemon

    11. In and out of time: practising self-care when leaving and re-entering higher education.

    Charlotte Bilby

    12. Overwork is not evidence of passion

    Nicole Melzack

    13. Deep Dive on Boundary Setting: Time for maintaining, and thriving.

    Mandy Dhahan

    14. Self-care: A Guilty Pleasure or Required Academic Work?










    Sharon McDonough is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at Federation University Australia in Ballarat, Australia. Sharon is a qualitative and creative methods specialist and her research expertise focuses on the field of wellbeing and resilience in teacher education, higher education and in community settings.


    Narelle Lemon, VC Professoriate Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in arts, education, and positive psychology. Her research focuses on enhancing wellbeing literacy in K-12 schools, teacher education, higher education, and community settings, emphasizing evidence-based practices for proactive flourishing.