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Wellness for the Financial Aid Professional During this Busy Time of Year

August 11, 2011

This is the time of year when it all comes together for financial aid professionals. The long hours of planning, budgeting, reviewing policies and procedures, awarding and perhaps verifying, now begin to show results, as hundreds and thousands of students begin to show up on campuses across the country.

I recently visited a financial aid office and the staff noted that they were happy to see the fruits of their labor. However, they also said that their workloads continue to increase and it was becoming more difficult to find some “me time” in their daily schedules.

“Me time” is important. All of us want to maintain a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle, so it is imperative that we need to relax and recharge from time to time.

I recently read an article in the USA Today (link below) that reviews the importance of taking a lunch break and some tips on how you can follow-through on this seemingly easy task.

Reenergizing yourself doesn’t necessarily mean exercising until you drop, lifting weights until you can’t lift your arms, or even running until you pant like a dog walking in the Texas heat. Total well-being is a combination of eating right, finding fun in exercising, getting your required sleep and learning how to relax.

Taking a lunch break requires discipline, just like exercising and eating healthy. This article gives you 5 very simple tips on how you can break free from your daily grind. I encourage you to read this material and build “me time” into your daily schedule. You’ll feel rejuvenated and you’ll be more focused to take on the tasks of the afternoon.

Don Buehrer, Regional Director


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