Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Reasons You Need A Vacation


Sometimes people get so busy trying to achieve their dreams and goals, they forget how important it is to just decompress and unwind. It is vitally important for us all to sit back, relax and recharge our batteries.

If you think you’re one of those people who don’t need to take a break, because laughably, I’ve seen meme’s that say “Create a life you don’t need a vacation from,” think again. Everyone needs a vacation and here are 10 reasons why:

1. Vacations Expand Your Mind – When you take a vacation, it gives you time to see, hear or read something new. It doesn’t matter whether you are taking a trip, going to a concert or just catching up on your reading, vacations give you the time and space to do something that is different and new. Changing your routine gives you a chance to explore new opportunities and possibilities.

2. Get A New Perspective on Life – As you go about your daily routine, your mind is focused on the problems and activities of your job and life. Taking a vacation changes your pace and gives you a chance to reflect and prioritize. It can help you realize that you don’t want to be so busy working, that you forget to live.

3. No Regrets – I have yet to hear anyone come back from vacation and say, “I’m sure sorry I took that vacation.” You will not be on your deathbed saying, “I wish I’d spent just one more day at the office.” You have one life and there are no second chances. If there is something you want to do, then you should do it. If there is somewhere you want to go, now is the time. Live the life you dream of living. Taking a vacation allows you contemplate what really makes you happy.

4. It’s a Defense Against Burn Out – As we all know, vacations are a time to relax, de-stress and let go. Stress is very bad for all of us. Too much from your job can lead to burn out and I’ve seen people burn out on their jobs and never be able to come back. You don’t want to be that person, especially if you like your job.

5. Career Contemplation – A vacations will give you time to think. You may contemplate how to do a better job or you may realize you need a different job. You can spend time on vacation reevaluating your priorities and what meaningful work is for you.

6. Gets Your Creative Juices Flowing – Down time is wonderful for energizing your thinking and creativity. Vacations allow to release stress and sets the stage for the flow of ideas both during and after your time off.

7. Me Time – Vacations allow you to spend quality time with yourself as well as those you love. Just taking a short trip to a spa or going someplace new alone can also be a renewing and revitalizing experience.

8. A New Appreciation for Your Job – A vacation should help reenergize your efforts at work. However, if you find yourself dreading going back, it may be a clue that you have a problem and should be doing a different line of work.

9. Restoration for Your Body and Mind – It’s nice to let go and refresh yourself while experiencing something new! It gives your mind a chance to rest. If your regular work is overly strenuous, it gives your body a chance to rest too. As I’ve blogged about before, physical illness can start come from a lack of down time and stress.

10. Appreciation from those you work with – Franklin, it’s nice to be missed. Many times when someone is on vacation those who work with him or her suddenly realize just how much that person does. It becomes glaringly apparent how valuable that person is to the organization.

Vacations are important and you need to take them, even if they are short. Revitalize, refresh and restore your ability to live your life in abundance.

Where will your vacation plans take you?

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