Most of you have probably heard how you need a vacation. If not, here’s a few of the very good reasons!
- According to the National Academy of Sciences, chronic stress can shrink your brain and contribute to feelings of irritability, depression and being unfocused.
- Annual vacations have been shown to cut the risk of heart attack by 30% in men & 50% in women.
- It helps you reset your body clock and get you started back with healthy sleeping habits. Chronic stress also cuts in to your sleep time, missing more sleep than you realize each night.
- Stimulate creativity & confidence. Studies show that travelers are usually better at problem solving & quick thinking. On vacation we get to try new things & when we accomplish them, we realize the problems at work can be taken care of as well.
- Connect with family and friends.
What does vacation mean to you? Is it traveling all over or staying close to home? What do you hope to get out of your time away?
For me, it’s a time to decompress and reconnect with my girls. As they get older, I realize every year how life will change drastically for the three of us before long. I hope to get as much time with them and make as many memories as possible before they go away to college and start their own families. (See the kinds of things that run through your mind once they’re in high school?)
Both girls have quite extensive bucket lists that they wrote in the last year. So, on my bucket list is to do as many of those things together as a family. I’ll somehow make it through traveling and new adventures!
Vacation is a time to enjoy each other. It doesn’t matter if you go away to some exotic island or do a stay-cation, what matters is the people you are with. It’s not a time to count down when to go home. If you have someone like this in your family, take my advice…leave them at home!
Reduce stress, try something new and make memories. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you will be when you get home!