I recently went on a 10 day vacation…my longest one since I have been working for the college. I traveled to Florida to watch my best friend get married and enjoy the Florida sun. I realized a couple of things on this vacation.
You need a vacation.
Whether or not you believe it, everyone needs a break. You may think that you don’t have time or that the company can’t possibly survive without you. (I promise they can survive) Make time. According to a poll on about.com, around 30% of the readers said they rarely take a vacation, if ever. That is a ridiculous number to me.
I grew up in a family where vacations were normal every year. They were not extravagant and didn’t need to be for us. We just required sand and the ocean and we were a happy family. It is imperative for your health and sanity to take a break from reality and enjoy whatever is relaxing and peaceful to you.
Turn off the communication.
With smartphones and every possible device we have we can now answer an email from just about anywhere. Although this is great and I love my iPhone. (Thank you Steve Jobs) Sometimes you need to turn it off. I turned it off on this trip and it was a great decision. As much as I love my fellow coworkers and my job, it was much needed. The work will go on without you, and someone else will answer the question.
Beat the burnout.
Research also shows that people that take regular vacations are more likely to beat the burnout and come back more creative and inspired. (source) You come back to work rejuvenated and ideas flow better.
Vacations are a time to reconnect with loved ones and friends. Everyone needs time to rekindle friendships, work on relationships and spend time with family. Even if you can’t take a long vacation, short mini vacations can be just as relaxing.
Everyone deserves a vacation.
Find the time, take the leap and travel somewhere fun! Spend time with loved ones, or relax on a desolate beach. Whatever your cup of tea is I strongly recommend vacations. With the hustle and bustle of life we all need time to breathe and settle down.
P.S. If you have never been to the Florida Keys…I strongly recommend it. Picture taken in Key Largo, FL.