Every year You want to take a vacation, and have so many excuses Not to.
- I do not have the Time. Yes you do. You make time for everything else. . .
- The Cost Factor. Did you know that you can make payments on a vacation? The payment plan is based on how much down payment you make. So this is not an excuse!
- The Boss will not approve. Every single.person.employed must get time off. It’s the law. According to a recent survey, the average U.S. employee takes only half of their allotted vacation time. Unsurprisingly, they’re suffering from being overworked, overwhelmed and overwrought.
- Summer season is the busy season at work. What will you be doing in the Fall? It is still very warm in the islands September – November and prices may be lower in many locations.
- I have too much pain to enjoy vacation. That was my Mother’s excuse. She had been suffering with siatica and back pain for several months before she decided to seek help. She had to get shots from a Neurosurgeon before she got a little relief. I did not hear one complaint the entire 7 days we were away in Runaway Bay.
- Have no one to travel with. There are so many singles travelling all over the world meeting others and enjoying themselves. So that is not an excuse.
- Need vacation clothes & new suitcase. NO. I am sure you have clothes in your closet right now, you can wear to cocktail hour in the Bahamas. And, you can borrow your Cousin’s suitcase who may just be happy to tag along.
It’s time we say “Enough is Enough” and learn to put our needs first! Taking a vacation helps revive the heart, rejuvenate your body, recharge your mind, and soothe your soul. Research shows that overall health can deteriorate over time if we don’t take a break from work. However, you do not need to take a long two week vacation to Europe or in Maui. It can also be something simple such as a camping expedition or yoga retreat. The point is to get away and relax or do something adventurous, participate in multiple leisure activities and learn to ENJOY life.
Let’s face it, you hate that person who comes back into the office after a vacation with a sunny smile and a deep tan. They feel rejuvenated, refreshed, reborn, but you just wish they would return to their cubicle and be quiet. Then you go home and check out your favorite blogs, only to find photos of a coveted beach, people having fun in Paris, Fiji & the Caribbean. But, before you go resenting them and their new lease on life, they may be onto something. That same something. . . you have been wanting to do for years.Here are science-based reasons you should book your next vacation today:
1. Stress reduction. A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety. A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.
2. Heart disease prevention. A host of studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation. Women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or die of a coronary-related cause than those who took at least two vacations a year. These statistics are not to scare you but to persuade you that time off is important to your health in the long run.
3. Improved productivity. In our perpetual rush to be productive, we often undermine our very ability to consistently perform at peak levels. Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead and be more productive, but it takes consistent focus to be truly productive. Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees & found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. What’s more, frequent vacationers were significantly less likely to leave the firm.
4. Better sleep. Restless nights and disrupted sleep are common complaints – often stemming from the fact that we simply have too much on our minds. When we can’t stop the chatter it affects our sleep, and a lack of sleep leads to less focus, less alertness, impaired memory, an increased likelihood of accidents and a decreased quality of life. Researchers say, that vacations can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. Working too much can not only put you under stress but also cause your relationships to suffer, especially if you start cutting people off, turning down invites or bringing stress into your interactions with friends and loved ones. A vacation allows us time to reconnect with the people we actually want to have in our lives. We need quality time for relationships and shared experiences, good and bad, and getting away help bring people together. People with strong bonds tend to feel less stressed, are less susceptible to disease and are less prone to mental health issues such as depression. It’s no secret that the key to successful relationships is time spent with others, and that is why I take a family vacation every year with six or more family members. Sometimes family can also give you stress, if they bring their life issues in their suitcase and pander them at the breakfast table. So, travel with those you love to spend time with, and if one of the six starts bickering, you have five others to party with until tomorrow and all is well.
The type of vacation matters. If planned poorly, your trip can actually lead to more stress. According to a 2010 report, a vacation where there’s lots of travel stress, like figuring out transportation logistics or feeling unsafe, can make vacationers feel less happy and more frazzled than they were before the trip. Taking the time to plan the trip can help ensure things run smoothly. Managing expectations is also key to having an enjoyable break. Do not expect to have a deluxe room if you paid for the economy package and want room service. Inquire about the services that your travel package includes, before you drop your hard earned cash & always purchase travel insurance for the unexpected. Your happiness will fluctuate during a vacation, just because people in general have good and bad days regardless where they may be. The pool boy & housekeeper can have bad days too. . so, just ignore the bad, be thankful for the good and enjoy yourself. We are all in this world together. Make everyday count . . .