Let’s face it; we sometimes wait too long, or we bypass it altogether, but for this therapist, vacation is a must!! Why is it so important, and why should you do it regularly? Read on, and let’s find a way that you can vacation sooner than later!!
Why is it so important:
- relieves stress
- offers the ability to disconnect
- frees you of work/business
- vacation gives you a mental break
One issue that can affect us all is stress, and for the most part, you can’t get away from it. Did you know that stress doesn’t only change the mind, but it can affect the body? Stress is an invisible enemy, but as with all things, too much stress can cause all kinds of issues. Including but not limited to high blood pressure, strokes, headaches, restlessness, and can cause relationship issues as well. One way to prevent a stress build-up is to take a vacation, maybe even a staycation, don’t go anywhere, but turn your phone off and order in for a couple of days.
My favorite reason to go on vacation is to disconnect! When is the last time you turned off your phone or turned off your laptop/computer? Life is happening right before our eyes missing things every day. In this digital world are attached to a device 24 hours a day. With this much at hand exposure, it can be very detrimental to your health. Put it down, lock it up, go on vacation, and lock it in the safe and be in the moment!
Get away from work.
In today’s world, most of us have to work, whether from home or a commute to the office daily, and the added stress will wreak havoc on the body. Excess sitting can cause all kinds of issues, and with the average office person working 38 hours a week, no wonder you’re exhausted every day. Do you work outside? Especially in Florida, heat and manual labor can easily stress the body and the mind, so a vacation may be the only way to relax. Don’t have time for two weeks in Aruba, how about a day trip?
We all know stress is a silent killer, it can cause health issues, relationship issues and so on so now that we know that what can we do about it?
When is the last time you took a day off? Not were home in front of the tv, answering texts or emails, I mean off? I have found one of the best ways to unwind if you don’t have the time or money to take off for a few days or longer is to stay home! Here’ the kicker, you have to put the phone down, put the computer away!
Communicate with your boss or employees and let them know unless the building is burning down, don’t bother me! Then stick to it, and if you must check your phone or email, do it once or twice a day and spend no more than 5 minutes working on the problem. Most times, the world will go on without you; if you were away on a real vacation, you would answer either. The most important thing about a staycation or vacation is NOT to feel guilty! You have earned this time off now. It’s time to enjoy it!
You have waited all year for this may be longer, let’s make sure it’s the best yet! My number one rule is communication; tell your family, friends, maybe even your boss, you’re going on vacation. You won’t be looking at your phone or email until you return. Second, FOLLOW rule one! When you are on vacation, put down the phone, and if you use it for photos, put it in airplane mode. The essential part of vacation is the reset; if you like exercising, then exercise if you want to treat yourself, then do it! There is no right or wrong way to enjoy your vacation; that’s the best part. Vacation is about you and your health, so indulge, sleep in, have that dessert. Enjoy yourself, come back refreshed and renewed!
Remember, your health, mentally or physically, is a priority. You have to learn to invest in your health to function efficiently. I hope these tips will help you to enjoy your next little getaway, and if you’re looking for other small ways to relax, check out this helpful blog.