Have you had a holiday this year?

When work life takes over, things can become a grind. Work is of course vital to live, but it is also important to enjoy living. All to often you hear people saying how they haven’t had a holiday for years. 

Taking a break from work and seeing somewhere new also recharges us and can do wonders for attitude, motivation and focus. To some degree, it’s almost surprising that vacations are provided by employers, when you consider the positive impact they have on staff.

Benefits of taking a vacation

A holiday isn’t only a chance to have fun and see somewhere new, but also a chance to improve your health, both mentally and physically.

  1. Stress Reduction – Stress is linked to many illnesses and generally makes us feel exhausted. Reducing stress is a great step towards better health.
  2. Better Energy – After a vacation, even a physically demanding one, you normally return feeling fresher and full of life. This can have a positive impact on both your personal and work life.
  3. Improved Perspective – Taking a break and changing the place can really help to change your views on things. They can make you feel more content with your life, as you aren’t just working to pay bills. Then there is seeing another culture, getting inspiration, or maybe simply realising that your life really isn’t so bad.
  4. Reduced Digital Exposure – Often during vacation time we reduce checking emails, texts, chats etc. In some areas, getting a local phone or mobile internet is difficult. Because of this, we often take a break from the 24/7 digital world and it is wonderfully refreshing for your mind.
  5. Better Sleep – Reduced stress, anxiety, and boredom normally lead to a better night’s sleep. This in turn also results in your feeling freshers, clearer and with more energy during waking hours.

#1 Excuse for NOT taking a Vacation

While there are certainly many excuses for not taking a vacation, the most common seems to always be related to money. The “I can’t afford a holiday” must be one of the most commonly used responses to being asked where you are going on holiday this year. While money is obviously needed, it shouldn’t always prevent you from the many benefits a holiday provides.

Look at it this way, a refreshed and focused you is going to be more productive. If you work for yourself, it should result in extra income. If you work for someone else, it will hopefully be noticed and result in a better bonus and maybe even a promotion.

If finances are tight, consider what you could cut out to save for a holiday. Alternatively, you could use a title loan, or overdraft to spread the cost a bit. So long as you aren’t spreading the cost over the years, you shouldn’t need to pay a great deal more and you can finally get away on vacation you’ve been dreaming about.

Conclusion

Life is just too short to only work, work, work. Sure we all need money, but we never know how long we have left in this world. I can tell you now, you won’t be lying on your deathbed thinking “I wish I had worked more” … but, you might think “I wish I had traveled more and lived life to the fullest”. So, will you take a vacation before the year ends?

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