What’s new about that? Everybody knows that your mind & body needs rest otherwise you’ll burn out. However, as we go through our daily rituals, taking the time to relax can take a back seat as real life obligations pile up.
So what do you do, wait for retirement? While that certainly is an option, I wouldn’t recommend it.
What if you pre-planned one vacation EVERY month? I know, it sounds crazy. How could you possibly fit that into your already over capacity life? And even if you could, how could you afford such a luxury?
First of all, I’m not suggesting you jet off to another continent on a monthly basis. I am suggesting that you leave your city even if it’s just for the weekend. Regardless of where you live, I’m sure there are plenty of options. And it doesn’t have to be extravagant. Maybe you find a destination that’s an hour or two out of town where you stay in a motel and endure some long hikes.
Furthermore, if you pre-plan these excursions they can be cost-effective. Groupon offers many travel deals. Also, flights can be inexpensive as well if you’re able to be flexible with your dates.
Additionally, it’s no secret that we all have our bad days. Those days where you temporarily hate everything (including your job). When you have something to look forward to (like a vacation), it really helps to get through those tough times.
So why do this? It’s simple really. We all need to make time to take a mental (and physical) break from everyday life and the only way to do that is to escape real life. Don’t believe me? Think about the last time you had a work conversation with a co-worker at a location outside of work (maybe at a restaurant). I’m guessing the conversation was more open, honest, and productive simply because you weren’t in the office. There’s something psychological about stepping away from the environment.
The bottom line is this, if you don’t make time for yourself nobody will so you may as well make it a priority. Start planning your next vacation!