Vacation time is just plain lovely…there’s no ifs ands or buts about it. However, it can be quite hard to convince ourselves that it is okay to take some time off once in awhile, because let’s face it: we have a full plate at work, perhaps schoolwork to deal with, and all of life’s other little tasks that make taking a few days off seem unrealistic. But the truth is, taking some time for vacation can do wonders for your well being. Vacations are like a gift that keep on giving…they relieve stress in meaningful and lasting ways. Even the act of looking forward to a planned vacation can make our days happier. Getting away from the daily grind is reason enough to get away, but you can also strengthen bonds with family and friends and build memories that will last a lifetime. Vacations can also keep you healthy. We all need time to recharge our batteries, and sometimes a two-day weekend just simply won’t do…you know it and I know it, Sundays don’t even count. All we are really doing is thinking about how we have to go back to work the next day. Ho, HUM. Plus, workers that take regular vacations are far less likely to experience any kind of real burnout. The psychological benefits of taking frequent vacations can dramatically improve the quality of life, which can lead to increased quality of work. More and more companies are encouraging employees to take their vacations, rather than sell back their time…and they’ve got it right, because that’s what it is there for!
Bottom line is, vacations can dramatically improve our happiness, quality of life and quality of work. Why not make some plans for a nice little get away? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, perhaps just a nice long weekend with your four-legged soulmate and family. Where are you going for your next vacation?