(Somehow, Brandon convinced the 2011-2012 SUSDA Executive Board to write blog posts all summer, so that we could keep the blog running during the summer. From now on, the blog should update Tuesdays and Thursdays (at least, probably more). Now, we kick off the Summer with SUSDA with a post from Nathan Fanning, the Community Relations chair aka Mr. Fun)
Summer quarter has officially started with classes, papers, work, and internships. During this time however, we all need to remember how important it is for each of us to take a deep breath and relax. Summer is a time for rejuvenation, but many of us (myself included) are still stretched thin with all of the above commitments.
In a recent trip to Portland (thank you Best Practices) I was able to get to know those around me better as well as learn more about myself. Conversations didn’t (always) revolve around higher education, a few games of free pool at a local bar, and an iPhone app that allowed for remote DJing made me realize that wellness is an area in which I had not been focused.
Rather than do research about the numbers and listing consequences of neglecting this area of health, I want to challenge the members of SUSDA and those who are reading this posting to take time for themselves. Read a book (that has nothing to do with higher education). Go out for a long walk or run. Sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.
While the list above articulates suggestions, the foundation of wellness is a requirement. Do whatever you do, but do it for you.