Benefits of a Vacation

Did you take a vacation this season or skip it due to high gas prices? If you passed a holiday so far and wish to be happier and healthier, now’s the time to take a holiday!

According to a poll a third of all Americans do not take all their vacation days. The Bureau of Labor Statics claims that one quarter of all Americans get no paid vacation! That was a surprise for me although as a business owner in a solo practice I get no paid vacation either.

The article sites two distinct health studies (one with females and the other men) that demonstrated a high proportion of coronary problems happen for people who do not vacation regularly.

A vacation provides you time to unwind. It permits you to de-stress and unwind. I have always been amazed that the feeling of relaxed vacation calmness lasts for a few days when I return.

By the way for those who carry cell phones and Blackberries to check on work back in the office on their holiday, there have been studies to show that you’re less likely to get the benefits of holiday according to the NY Times article.

So if you didn’t take your holiday yet, now is the time to do it. (It can be hard to unhook from the mobile phone/Blackberry addiction! But worth it)

In case you have young kids, vacations with them can be exhausting. That’s not the type of vacation that relaxes! Young families need to take two vacations, one with the family and one for the parents alone.

As a Grandmother I am always delighted to be asked to baby sit while my daughter and son-in law go on vacation. I once went to Disney World with the entire family so they could have time with one another and I could watch the kids. If you have this option, you get a rest and please your parents also.

For my holiday this year, I participated in the Berkshire Choral Festival. I enjoy holidays where I do something I don’t get enough of during the year. For me that’s singing. I spent a week learning and rehearsing “Carmina Burana” and then with a group of other singers we performed it on July 19th for an audience. I am planning to do it again next year.

Whether you want adventurous vacations, learning vacations, traveling vacations or just sitting by the pool holidays, it is important to modify your environment once or twice a year and just have some fun. (What is all that work for?) Where you go or what you do isn’t as important as just enjoying yourself and letting go for a bit. If you haven’t scheduled your vacation yet, do it today.

Take Action

1. Vacations do not have to be exotic. How many people have gone abroad but never visited the interesting places tourists from different countries visit near our home.

2. Begin to consider ways to cut down on assessing even when you aren’t on vacation. It wastes time anyhow. Create a list of things you can do to eliminate a lot of email while you are on vacation and implement your ideas before holiday.


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