You deserve a vacation.....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why do we all need a vacation?

According to, more than half of workers say that they are stressed at work. For most working people, their full-time job is not their only full time job. Most of us are Moms, Dads, and spouses. Many of us participate in our churches, and other religious institutions. We are chauffeurs for soccer games, football games, ballet, karate, guitar lessons etc. Then we have to cook,cut grass, homework, housework, and whatever else comes our way. And if you stay in a routine 2 or 3 years can go by in a blink of an eye. By this time, you have knots in your shoulder, eye is twitching, you're irritable for no reason..... There is a reason, it's called BURNED OUT.

Vacations are important. Vacations promote creativity, productivity, health and wellness.

According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S., in The Importance of Vacations, for Stress Relief, Productivity and Health there are seven effects that vacations have. These include:

Vacations Promote Creativity: A good vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best.

Vacations Stave Off Burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.

Vacations Can Keep Us Healthy: Taking regular time off to ‘recharge your batteries’, thereby keeping stress levels lower, can keep you healthier.

Vacations Promote Overall Wellbeing: One study found that three days after vacation, subjects’ physical complaints, their quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacations.

Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong, helping you enjoy the good times more and helping you through the stress of the hard times. In fact, a study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.

Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance: As the authors of the above study suggest, the psychological benefits that come with more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, and that can lead to increased quality of work on the job.

Vacations Relieve Stress in Lasting Ways: It should come as no surprise that vacations that include plenty of free time bring stress relief, but research shows that a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later! That means that vacations are the gift to yourself that keep on giving.

Now, for those of us who may be on a budget, vacations do not have to be extravagant. Here are a few ideas:

Be a Local Tourist. How many of us travel around our own city and discover the sites in our own city? Go downtown, visit your historic districts, City Hall, go to the museums that you haven't been to since 3rd grade. Every city has attractions, check them out!!

House sit. While your friends are away, house sit for them. You are away from home, in another atmosphere, chill out and relax! Grab a book and some tea - TAKE IT EASY!

Stay in a local hotel or bed and breakfast. same idea here, get away, but not far away. Treat yourself. (Oh, stay at a hotel with a pool!)

Stay in vacation homes or condos. Ok, hear me out on this. Usually, vacation rental homes are cheaper than hotel stays. You can find a 2 or 3 bedroom condo rental between $150-$200 bucks a night (same as the hotel). In addition, most of them will have more space, a kitchen and dining room. Instead of eating out every night you can go to the local market and purchase groceries. Overall, it saves money!

Visit a national park. Absolutely all of them are free!

Camp out in your own backyard. Once everyone is in the yard, no one goes back in except to use the bathroom. Make it a real live camping trip complete with tents, sleeping bags and picnic baskets. The great thing is, you can go home in the morning!!

I encourage you to take a vacation, you won't regret it!

Yours truly,


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