I had big plans last week, in terms of this blog.
And, then….they just didn’t happen.
Instead, this happened…
(that’s a picture of nothing happening, btw- total relaxation)
I apologize for only squeezing out one post last week, even though I was on vacation and had PLENTY of time to write some really good ones.
I will attempt to get back on a normal schedule this week.
But, as I sat and thought about why I didn’t write last week, I thought of this blog’s title and contents……
the importance of a ‘real’ vacation
I say ‘real’ because I mean having no worries; no schedules; no deadlines; and no routines. A total ‘turning off’ of the social world (even though I did catch up on my daily FB feeds); getting far away, even if it’s in a remote area; and turning off the noise around you, to hear the waterfall or the birds or the ‘nothing’.
I admit, that this is kind of hard for us ‘type A’ personalities to do…not have a schedule, even on vacation.
But, when we do it, we do it 100% and come back feeling relaxed, refreshed, and re-energized!
This most recent post article stated that 40% of Americans don’t use all of their allocated vacation days.
I cannot imagine this as I use all of mine. In fact, I already have mine planned for next year (sort of).
I have listed some highlights from the article on why you should take those vacation days allocated to you, to which I’ve added some insight:
1-Your body needs a break, as restoration is importantI believe not only is it important to vacate work, but it’s also important to vacate your exercise program, sometimes called rest days-Now, I would never condone lying on the couch, not moving for 7 days. But, taking a break from running, the gym, etc…can do your body good-I managed to squeeze in 3 good and strenuous mountain hikes while we were gone-they were thought of hikes or pleasure walks or getting some fresh air rather than exercise and that made them extra special
2-Letting your brain ‘day dream’ allows you to better solve problems and be more creative-I agree with the article in that I’m always on task oriented mode, from work projects, to volunteer projects to my workout routine to planning out meals for eating healthy-the downtime I had on vacation, where I didn’t work or plan, just played, will surely allow me to be more creative and insightful going into this next week
3-The more (shorter) vacations you take, the merrier you will be–I 100% believe in this-This is why I often use my vacation days for long weekends, especially around holidays- these ‘mini vacations’ allow me to unwind and recharge in a ‘mini’ kind of way – as the article says, ‘spread out the happiness’!
One other article had these ideas to offer;
1-Taking a vacation will help you live 20% longer-Yes! Anything to live longer, correct?
2-Women who take 2 or more vacations per year are less likely to be depressed, tired, or unhappy with their marriage-I believe that alone time with your spouse, even if you have kids and can only get away for an evening or night, is necessary to revive a marriage, to let all the worries of normal life go, and to just relax and rekindle why you 2 got together in the first place
3-You get to be a kid again, in that you don’t have a schedule or routine –I have honestly never looked at it like this but I suppose it’s 100% accurate-this is why we thoroughly enjoyed our hikes and our time playing in the snow this past week…we were able to let all of it go and just be a kid!
With that said, you still have time to take those vacations and be a kid..don’t let your company keep the time you’ve earned!
If you work for a company that gives you vacation time, they give it to you for a reason…so you can be the best employee and come back feeling refreshed and alive!
Did you take a vacation this year? Where did you go?
If not, why? (You know you don’t really have to go anywhere…’staycations’ are the thing now!)
Wow! This could certainly revive and refresh one’s brain!