Take a moment now to stop what you are doing and just breathe. As members of Gamma Phi Beta, we are strong women looking to impact others, learn daily and reach our full potential. It is important to remember that as a leader it is perfectly okay to take a step back from the hustle and bustle. There is a quote that states, “When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” We all need to take the time to practice self-care so that when it is time to step up to the podium we can lead with confidence and poise.

Studying abroad in Spain has taught me the significance of rest. In Seville, it is very typical to take a siesta from 2-5 p.m. Whether or not people actually take a nap is up to them, but it is the idea of taking a few hours to rest that is lifechanging. I’ve learned so much about myself, after reflecting and writing during my siesta. In America, I was always on the go, from one thing to the next, but I have come to realize my body needs to rejuvenate even if it is only for an hour or two. Research reveals that taking a nap for just 26 minutes can reduce stress, help cardiovascular functions and improve alertness and memory. I challenge you to choose a time this week to implement the idea of “siesta” into your life, no matter how busy you may feel with your leadership responsibilities.

Leaders need strong support systems in order to achieve their goals and reach their vision. Surprise a sister this week by inviting her to a yoga class or going to a Zen garden. By spending some time meditating, writing a letter of gratitude or napping you’ll have the energy you need to be both successful and happy. As sisters of Gamma Phi Beta, we must encourage one another to practice relaxation techniques and take the time to just breathe.

Paulina Sudhalter (Chapman): Paulina joined Epsilon Nu Chapter at Chapman University in the fall of 2015. She served as the sisterhood chairwoman and assistant education vice president where she coordinated a variety of bonding events. One opportunity she cherishes is being able to attend the REAL Leadership Experience in Oklahoma. Paulina honed in on her leadership style and cultivated strong relationships with the sisters in attendance. At Chapman, Paulina spends her time teaching spin classes, going to the beach and cooking healthy recipes. Her favorite aspect of Gamma Phi Beta is the connections she makes with random people in the grocery store or at a restaurant who turn out to also be a part of the sisterhood.