Vacation Plans 

  A vacation, it’s what most Americans dream of, but fewer of us are taking them. Why are they important? There are many reasons, but I’d like to focus on three.

First everybody, at some point, needs to regroup mentally. The cares of this life can, at times, be overwhelming. The ability to unplug for a few days functions almost like a reboot on a computer.

Second, whether it’s a staycation, (time off at home), or a trip, your body could use the rest. You work hard everyday, between commitments at your job and at home, you could use the break. Time off isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity, just as sleep is.

The last reason is that it gives you a chance to reconnect as a family. Spouses, children, and even friends need you. They need the you that isn’t overworked, sleep deprived, and stressed. A vacation allows you the time to spend with the people you love.

These are just three reasons why we all need a vacation. I’m sure you can think of many more, but I would ask you one last question. Do you have a vacation planned? Is there a block of time you’ve set aside that you can look forward to taking?  

I would strongly recommend, at the very least, you schedule a day off, and write it on your calendar. It will function as a relief valve on high stress days, giving you a pleasant reason to look ahead. Last year, a mini trip, reset my perspective at a very crucial time in my life. I’m excited about this year’s vacation, because I know firsthand how vital they are to my health.

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