Did you take a vacation this year or skip it due to high gas prices? If you passed a vacation so far and wish to be happier and healthier, now is the time to take a holiday!
According to a Expedia.com poll a third of Americans don’t 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 to me although as a company owner in a solo practice that I get no paid vacation either.
The article sites two distinct health studies (one with females and the other males) that demonstrated a high proportion of coronary problems occur for those who don’t vacation regularly.
A vacation gives you time to unwind. It permits you to de-stress and relax. I’ve always been amazed that the feeling of relaxed vacation calmness lasts for a few days once I return.
By the way for those who carry cell phones and Blackberries to check on work back at the office on their vacation, there have been studies to show that you are not as likely to get the benefits of holiday according to the NY Times article.
Therefore, if you didn’t take your holiday yet, now is the time to do it. (It can be hard to unhook from the cell phone/Blackberry addiction! But worth it.)
If you have young kids, vacations together can be exhausting. That’s not the type of holiday that relaxes! Young families will need to take two holidays, one with all the family and one for the parents.
I 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 receive a rest and please your parents also.
I like vacations where I do something I do not get enough of during the year. For me that is singing. I’m likely to do it again next year.
Whether you like adventurous holidays, learning vacations, traveling vacations or just sitting by the pool holidays, it is important to modify your environment a couple of times a year and just have some fun. (What is all that work) Where you go or what you do is not as important as just enjoying yourself and letting go for a bit. When you haven’t scheduled your vacation yet, do it now.
1. Vacations do not have to be exotic. How many of us have gone abroad but never seen the interesting places tourists from other countries visit near our home. Create a list of the places close by that you’ve always wanted to visit and plan your holiday around them.
2. Are you an email junkie even on holiday? Start to consider ways to cut down on checking 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’re on vacation and implement your ideas before vacation.