Hello Summer: Making the Most of Your Break


Congratulations, you made it! As you turned in that last final or checked the last item off your to do list, you crossed the finish line on a 9 month sprint. You can breathe a bit deeper, and you swear the sun shines brighter now that you actually have the time to look around. After a few weeks spent recuperating, you can settle into summer.

Make the most of your time off with the following strategies:

 

Get Some Rest

Go ahead, you’ve earned it. Indulge in a nap and a TV series that has been on your list, or finally read that book you borrowed from a friend 4 months ago. Whether you decide to get away or have the world’s best staycation, you can take some time off from your leadership positions and just relax. The work will be there tomorrow, and you deserve to take some time for yourself.

 

Create Good Habits for the Future

Maybe you wanted to start working out more consistently or to drink more water. For me, it is working toward taking time every day to reflect and recalibrate. The beautiful thing about self-care is that it is something different for everyone. With less on your plate, now is the time to adopt those habits you want to continue into the next academic year. It takes about 66 days to form a new habit, making summer the perfect time to get started on the path to self-improvement.

 

Encourage the Heart

If you’re anything like me, you are terrible at remembering to give praise and words of encouragement in times of stress. Now is a great time to reach out to that chapter officer that worked really hard this semester and helped your chapter meets its goals, or to send a thank you card to advisor that consistently shows up to supp­ort you throughout the year. A small deposit in the emotional piggy bank adds up over time, and it is never too late to send a “thank you” note.

 

Revisit Your Goals

Each new beginning lends itself to new intentions, whether that be goals you set at the start of the academic year, or the resolutions you make in pursuit of “New Year, New Me.” As we come to the halfway point of 2018, it is possible that you have set some of those aside as the finish line of May came into view. Now is a good time to revisit and reconsider some of the goals you have set for yourself, and to start thinking about what you want to accomplish next semester.

 

Get Ready

August will be here before you know it! Do yourself a favor by getting small projects and tasks out of the way before you dive into the next academic year. Start compiling information for your chapter or council awards, or make some room reservations for your upcoming events and meetings. I promise your future self will be thankful.

Summer is just getting started, and you have two full months before the sprint starts all over. Do what you can to make the most of that time, and H.A.G.S.!

 

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Kate Roessler serves as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Missouri State University. She is an alumna of Illinois Wesleyan University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a native of the Chicagoland area. Kate is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteers for the organization as a Panhellenic Content Specialist and an Every Member Education Trainer.

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