Power of Relaxation

We all have busy and hectic lives. We are in Student Affairs, it is a given. We have had posting about work/life balance, we discussed it in graduate school, and you probably discuss it in the office. We all know finding a work/life balance is important. What I want to talk about today is finding time to relax- truly relax and for more than 10 minutes. :-)

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to spend the day at the spa with some amazing friends and co-workers. I had a manicure, pedicure, microdermabrasion facial, and an hour massage (AMAZING!!!!). Before the spa, we did a little shopping and had brunch. The only thing I cared about all day was getting up to move to the next station. I didn’t worry about emails, phone calls, paperwork, or taking the dog outside. It was the ultimate day of relaxation and it was needed.

The semester is winding down. Some of you might have students leaving for the summer. You might have some downtime in the summer and can find time to relax. In Financial Aid Land, the summer term is busy time. This relaxation day was needed as an end of the semester reward and to prepare us for the work ahead. I highly encourage you to spend a full day doing something you love and that will make you feel like a new person. If you don’t have time to do a full day of relaxation, I found a website with some relaxation tips: http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot Enjoy!

Amber Phillips

Student Affairs - the First Years

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