Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Have You Taken Your Vacation Yet?

Vacation: a period of rest away from work, study, etc.

Vacations are more important than you may realize. We live in a very fast-paced world, and it is really easy to get overwhelmed. We are are tuned in, turned on and always on the go.

Everyone needs some downtime to unwind and de-stress. You may think it will hurt your career, or your business to take some time off, but the opposite is really true. If you work to the point of total exhaustion, you aren't doing anyone any good. Not taking a vacation can lead to bunout, emotional and physical illness, and even obesity!

“Taking a vacation is not a luxury — it’s a necessity,” says Kathleen Hall, founder of The Stress Institute in Atlanta. “If you don’t have the opportunity to relax and reflect you get stressed, and chronic stress is the driver of most diseases — heart disease, obesity, insomnia.”

And probably the hardest part of taking a vacation, at least for me, is to disconnect. That means limiting (I can't quit totally) time on my smart phone, laptop etc.

Remember, no one person is indispensable. Even if you are a one-person business, you need some time off for yourself and your loved ones!