Dear Shenandoah University Alumni Association,
Greetings from the beaches of Hatteras Island, North Carolina! My message is a little late this month as I worked hard to prepare my work so that I could focus and prioritize family time and take a well-deserved vacation – what a positive impact this time has had on my mental health. In today’s fast-paced world, it is essential to recognize the importance of stepping away from our daily routines to recharge and reconnect with loved ones.
Dedicating quality time to my family is invaluable. By setting aside regular moments to engage in meaningful conversations, share laughter, and create lasting memories, my mental well-being is buoyed. This deliberate choice to prioritize my family not only fosters stronger relationships but also provides a sense of fulfillment and balance in my life.
Embracing vacations as an opportunity for self-care is transformative. Taking time away from work and responsibilities allows me to decompress, relax, and rejuvenate my mind and body. Whether it’s exploring new destinations or simply unwinding in a peaceful environment, vacations have become essential in replenishing my energy levels and reducing stress. As a result, I return to my daily routine with increased focus, creativity, and motivation, contributing to enhanced productivity and overall satisfaction in both personal and professional endeavors. I am, quite simply, a better person!
I encourage my fellow alumni to consider the benefits of prioritizing family time and taking regular vacations. By nurturing relationships and allowing ourselves moments of rest and relaxation, we can foster improved mental health, leading to greater happiness and fulfillment in our lives. Let us cherish these opportunities to create lasting memories and invest in our well-being, recognizing that by nurturing ourselves, we are better equipped to make a positive impact in our families, communities, and beyond.
Take that time. Make that phone call and connect with your Shenandoah University alumni family. I can bet you will be glad you did!
President, SU Alumni Association