Healthy "U" August Newsletter
Take a Vacation
by Beth O'Malley, McHenry Dean of the Chapel
"In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius." Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish novelist and playwright)
Have you taken time away this summer? Researchers have mounting evidence that taking time off is good for body, mind, and spirit. According to the web resource Medical Daily, you accomplish 5 important things by taking a vacation.
1. Recharge Your Work Batteries. Time away benefits you and your coworkers. "...When you're away, portions of your work can be allocated to fellow team members. Likewise, when it's their turn to get away, you'll have their backs."
2. Gain Long-Term Vision. "There's a connection between taking regular breaks during the day and your level of productivity. Vacation time lets you pursue other interests. For leaders, being away from your work environment for a longer period of time will allow you to gain a fresh perspective on the vision you have for your organization. For employees, summer vacations offer time to reflect on new ways that you can help your team accomplish long-term projects."
3. Set an Example. "Americans aren't taking vacations. Not because they can't afford them, but, according to research, because the average American is afraid to take time off from work for fear of not appearing dedicated to their job.
Team leaders can demonstrate to employees that they understand the importance and necessity of having time off to relax. If you're a supervisor, set an example to your staff. Show the importance of taking vacations by taking one yourself."
4. Cultivate Family Bonds. "Taking a vacation with family and friends can create much-needed quality time."
5. Boost Creativity. "Having a change of scenery and doing something different stimulates your brain and strengthens your creativity. "New stimuli--faces, places, smells, tastes--can help unlock creative ideas. Even if you don't work in a creative field like the arts or entertainment, tapping into your creativity releases a sense of playfulness and fun, a return to child-like wonder and curiosity, and can help you sort through challenges at work or in life."
So, savor the last month of summer. Get away, expand your mind, exercise your body, and decompress your spirit.
Star-Spangled Banner Fitbit Challenge
To be part of this challenge walk/jog/run 200 miles between July 4th and September 14th. There is no per day mile requirement. You just need to accumulate a total of 200 miles to be entered into the prize drawing.
Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga - Returning in the Fall
Look for the new schedule for these events in the fall semester.
Hood Walking Group
- Still Walking on Tuesdays
Hood's walking group leaves at noon from the plaza between Alumnae Hall and Hodson, the
group walks for approximately 30 minutes rain or shine.