Why you need to take a vacation
July 19, 2012
Have you ever had one of those days where everything went wrong? Maybe you dropped the ball on a project at work, forgot to pick your child up at school and then topped off the day by burning dinner. Unfortunately, these days happen to the best of us. I bet you thought to yourself, “I could really use a vacation right about now!”
Of course a trip to paradise sounds appealing, but you may really need a vacation. Vacations can ease stress and give you a mental and physical break. They can also revive your mind, body and spirit. It can be easy to forget about laundry, spreadsheets and other daily to-do’s when you’re sitting on a beach sipping your favorite umbrella drink.
If you don’t take breaks from everyday life, stress can take a toll on your health. Long-term stress can lead to burnout and dangerous medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart issues, depression, insomnia and frequent infections. Taking regular vacations can help keep stress in check and reduce your risk of health problems.
What’s more, taking regular vacations can help you do your job better. Skipping vacations can negatively affect your productivity in the workplace. Our brains need a rest and without enough breaks, we stop performing up to our potential. After a vacation, employees often return to their jobs with a fresh perspective and renewed enthusiasm for their work.
To get the most out of your time off, follow these healthy vacation tips:
- Turn off your phone. Don’t check emails, texts or take calls unless you absolutely have to. If you’re one of those people who can’t put down the phone, take a cruise or go to some other destination where your phone won’t work!
- Avoid unnecessary stress. If your extended family drives you nuts, it may not be the best idea to spend your precious vacation time on a trip with them. Remember, vacations are supposed to be breaks from stress.
- Do something exciting. Get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve always wanted to do. Go ziplining, swim with the dolphins, try snowboarding or take scuba diving lessons.
- Focus on quality, not quantity. You may prefer a week long trip, but that’s not always possible. Weekend getaways can be just as rejuvenating as longer vacations.
- Indulge in moderation. It can be tempting to eat and drink anything you please, but you’ll feel best if you stick with balanced meals.