Vacations are meant to be taken

When we think of summer we think of sunshine, outdoor activities, flip-flops, bar-be-cues and vacations among other things.   Vacations are beneficial in many ways, they play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I’m sure there are some who feel otherwise, that work is the best therapy, so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of vacations.

I am in favor of vacations being that I just came back from a trip to Cancun, Mexico.  I had an amazing time, the trip inspired me to blog about it.  There are many reasons why people don’t take a vacation, because for some its out of their control.

PROS

Taking a break from it all, giving your body a rest is so important.  Getting away helps to relieve stress, your mind has a chance to recharge, so to speak.

You will see an improvement in things such as relationships and work performance.  You are feeling relaxed, focused and happier I’m sure.

Vacations improve overall health by helping to prevent illness such as heart disease and hypertension.  Studies such as the Framingham Heart study found that men who did not take a vacation regularly were about 31 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack as opposed to those who did and 50 percent of women who went on a vacation at least twice a year were less likely to experience a heart attack. Framingham Heart study.

Why would anyone not want to take a vacation?  I am sure there are some good reasons, for some being able to take time off is beyond their  control.

CONS

Fear that your job can get along without you.  If you take time off and things go on as normal your boss might realize he doesn’t need you after all.

Expensive – Vacations can be expensive, that is why planning ahead and budgeting are crucial.

Some people just can’t afford to take time away from work.  This is especially true if you own your own business, time is money.

The main reason for not wanting to take a vacation centers around the workplace.  Concerns such as being viewed as a slacker or striving for that perfect attendance award that could boost your career goals all add up to the disadvantages of taking time off.

   

 

If you just can’t afford to take a trip now there is always the good old Staycation.  The stay at home vacation allows you to stay at home yet enjoy activities that are local and don’t need an overnight stay.  This cuts down on expenses, it may not be the best option, for some people prefer to continue working and save money for a real vacation.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Try and make it your goal to take at least one vacation per year, you won’t realize how much you need it until you actually take it, and once you do it you will be glad that you did.

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One Response to Vacations are meant to be taken

  1. Yentl says:

    I am a huge fan of staycations! You can do so much and it’s a fraction of the cost of international vacations; which should still happen now and then 😉

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