We just got back from vacation and it made me realize how important it is to take time away from work and life. Read the 6 reasons I think vacationing is SO important!
Bond + Connect
Traveling is a bonding and connecting experience, which can build and strengthen your relationships. Jesse and I have tried to take a vacation at least once a year since we got married, whether it be just the two of us or with family. We normally go somewhere warm and tropical during the winter months while it's cold and nasty here in STL. Vacationing allows us to spend actual quality time together away from work, school, cell phones, computers, social media, email, and TV. The memories alone are worth it!
Relax + Rest
Setting aside time for a vacation will truly allow you to relax and rest. The key is to fully unplug from work and regular activities of your life to recharge your body and mind. A full week or weekend is essential!
You will be happier! It's been proven that vacationing increases serotonin levels. Even planning a vacation and looking forward to it will increase excitement and happiness for days, weeks, and months!
You'll come back inspired! When I'm able to relax, a creative part of my brain opens up that has been clouded by busyness and distractions. The ideas start flooding in and I'm more motivated and excited than ever!
It improves productivity. Pushing yourself too far can actually be counterproductive. I always return home feeling renewed, energized, and ready to tackle whatever awaits me when I get home!
It has been proven that taking a vacation is good for your health by lowering stress levels. Stress is one of the #1 causes of death and health problems. Yikes! I'm guilty of stressing too much over things I probably shouldn't be stressing over. Taking a vacation always takes that stress away. So, take my advice and take a vacation to de-stress!
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! I'm a firm believer in this! Taking a vacation isn't a luxury, it's essential to your well-being. Stop saying you can't make time or you can't afford it. Make it happen, pack your bags, and GO!