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Recharge those batteries, ya’ll!

Posted By Lauren Drogo, University of Indianapolis , Friday, May 17, 2019

You’ve made it! It’s finally May and the end has arrived for the academic year (at least for most of us). It’s been an exhausting, exhilarating, challenging, exciting, and overall growing year for our community -- so, now what? How do we prepare to do this all over again come August? Where can we take space for ourselves in this blurred line work we call student affairs? I’ll tell you this...take comfort in knowing that answer is already inside you.

When we talk about the concept of “recharge”, one often associates it to a battery whether it be in your car or your phone that needs “juice” or “electricity” to bring it to life and help it function. We, as student affairs professionals, need a “charge” every so often in order to keep the engine running or the fire burning within us. Similarly to a battery, how much energy and time we give to charging it up, the longer it will last and function -- the same goes for how we take time to recharge and re-energize each day, or week if we get the opportunity.


As the summer projects begin and the growing to-do lists for the upcoming semester starts to stare you down, remember that you’ll only be able to check things off by first checking in with your own needs. Take advantage of the warmer weather and bring your work outside. Share a meal with co-workers off-campus, away from the office or hall you oversee. Sit and listen to a rejuvenating podcast or song that feeds your soul in the middle of the work day to recenter yourself. Whatever it is that helps bring you back to life, do it.

As a young professional, I have been challenged to find the best ways to recharge myself throughout the week. For me, I find conversations with friends that don’t include “work talk” to give me life. For you, it might be something small or something big. I challenge each of you to take 5 minutes after reading this blog to sit and reflect and write down a few ways to “recharge this summer”. If you need help thinking of ideas, here are a few simple ones you can start with:


Tags:  #faith #wellness #SAPro #SAGrad #spirtuality #H_W 

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