Everyone needs a break

Did you take a holiday this year or skip it due to high gas prices? If you passed on a holiday so far and wish to be happier and healthier, now’s the time to take a holiday!

According to an Expedia.com poll a third of Americans don’t take all their vacation days. The Bureau of Labor Statics claims that one quarter of all Americans get no paid vacation! This was a surprise for me although as a business owner in a solo practice that I get no paid vacation either.

A recent New York Times article by Alina Tugend entitled “Vacations Are Good For You, Medically Speaking” makes the point that recent studies show that vacations are essential for good health. The article sites two distinct health studies (one with females and the other men) that showed a high proportion of coronary problems happen for those who do not vacation regularly.

People Sitting on Green Grass

A vacation provides you time to unwind. It permits you to de-stress and relax. I’ve always been amazed that the feeling of relaxed vacation calmness lasts for a couple of days when I return.

By the way for people who carry cell phones and Blackberries to check on work back in the office on their holiday, there have been studies to show that you are not as likely to get the benefits of holiday based on this NY Times article.

So if you did not take your vacation yet, now is the time to do it. (It can be tough to unhook from the mobile phone/Blackberry addiction! But worth it.)

If you’ve got young kids, vacations together can be exhausting. That’s not the kind of holiday that relaxes! Young families will need to take two vacations, one with the family and one for the parents alone.

As a Grandmother I am always thrilled to be asked to baby sit while my daughter and son-in law go on vacation. I once went to Disney World with the entire family so that they could have time with one another and I could watch the kids. If you have this choice, you receive a break and please your parents too.

For my vacation this year, I participated in the Berkshire Choral Festival. I enjoy vacations where I do something that I don’t get enough of during the year. For me that’s singing. Both the rehearsal and the performance were absolutely exhilarating adventures.

Whether you like adventurous holidays, learning vacations, traveling vacations or just sitting by the pool vacations, it is important to modify your environment a couple of times a year and have some fun. (What is all that work for?) Where you go or what you do is not as important as simply enjoying yourself and letting go for a little. If you haven’t scheduled your vacation yet, do it today.

Take Action

1. Vacations don’t have to be exotic. How many people have gone abroad but never visited the interesting places tourists from different countries visit near our own house. Create a list of the places close by that you have always wanted to visit and plan your vacation around them.

2. Start to consider ways to cut back on assessing even when you aren’t on vacation. It wastes time anyway. Make a list of things you can do to eliminate a lot of email when you are on holiday and implement your ideas before holiday.