Benefits of Taking a Vacation
To some, a vacation may seem like a waste of time. After all, you are not getting any more work done at the office or advancing your career by spending time sitting on the beach, visiting an amusement park, or traveling through the countryside.
However, it is important for everyone who works, especially those who must put in a lot of hours on the job, to take a vacation whenever they can. The benefits of taking vacations provide their own rewards that will help you in your job and reduce chances of burnout.
Here are just a few reasons why you should take a vacation.
Just the simple act of not having to work, to wake up early, or go through the drudgery of the day makes taking a vacation so worthwhile. You can choose to sit back and relax or go full throttle into new adventures. Either way, you’ll feel refreshed and reinvigorated when you return to work. Just be sure that you allow a day or so of downtime after you come back from your trip to rest up. You know that time, the vacation after the vacation, so you can acclimate back to reality.
Quite often, viewing your life from this point of view, outside your daily life, can help you make better decisions about where you want to go next.
Spend More Time with Family and Friends
Going on a group vacation can be super fun. Have you ever noticed, when everyone gets together, there’s always one or two people in the group, that the vacation brings out their own unique personality that you’ve never seen before. Going on group trips allows you to break free of the worries of work or home life, act silly and just hangout. Besides, you might be one of those people who decides to let their true personality break free.
We get so wrapped up in our life that we seem to forget that we have a group of wonderful friends and family around us, that supports us, cheers us on and loves us dearly. Vacations give us the opportunity to reconnect with the people we love. And if you are lucky enough to go somewhere that you can ditch the devices and truly get to interact with each other, well that’s priceless.
You can always look forward to a vacation, even if it’s a short weekend trip, such as, hooking up with childhood buddies to attend the game or event. Sure the event is what gets you all there, but what’s more important is it allows you to spend quality time with them, reminisce and catch up.
A vacation is a good time to look over the priorities in your life to see if you are still on-track. Do you have balance in all aspects of your life. Many times we get so wrapped up in making a living that we forget to live. Vacations allow us to step back and see if we are living in harmony with everything that is important to us.
There is something about being in another place outside of your normal environment, or set of locations you visit during work on a regular basis. Taking a vacation brings about a new perspectives to your life.
For me, a cruise was very humbling and put new light on my chosen career. Remembering, as I was looking out over the ocean and seeing only water, it reminded me how small I am in this massive world. It reminded me of how grateful I am to have people in my life that make me feel larger than I am. It reminded me to love and support them back in their journey through life. It reminded me to be happy and be good to myself and others. It continued to remind me that God has given me talents, challenges and gifts that I need to learn, develop, work through and share. And then as I look across that huge body of water, I no longer feel so small, I can return to be of service to others, I have and continue to have clients, friends, family and God in my life, I feel that purpose glowing within me, and I am so grateful.
You may end up figuring out that you love your job and are grateful it provides you with many means. Of course, you may also discover that you need something better or perhaps go into business on your own and become your own boss. A vacation can bring you a new perspective on life that you might not otherwise benefit.
We all need a break, get away, vacation or whatever you want to call it. It allows us time to drop all that we fill is important at the time, and then let’s us focus on what is really important in life, friends, family and our self.