Written by Pamela Fung
I'm going on a weekend trip. Random thing to post, but time off is a big contributor to well being.
There are many benefits to taking time off and yet still 41% of Americans do not plan on using their vacation time.
"The impact that taking a vacation has on one's mental health is profound. Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a vacation, even if it is a 24-hour time-out." Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles who specializes in stress and relationship management.
As stated above time off is not only beneficial to your well being but potentially to your employers who will receive a more motivated and alert employee.
You are taking care of yourself physically, eating well exercising , but how are you caring for your mental health ? Have you taken time to reevaluate , take a step back and look around at your world ? Motivate yourself , set new goals , go back to that book you started reading a few months ago . It doesn't have to be anything crazy , as stated above just a 24hour allotted me time is beneficial.
I work 3rd shift full time and go to school and work a 2nd shift job part time. I barely get any sleep which is terrible partially due to my schedule, another due to my location mostly due to the fact that when I have too much time off I get bored and feel like I have to do 100 things in that day.
As difficult as it is for a busy body to admit it to themselves sometimes we need to relax, most importantly our bodies need it . I don't vacaction often my first vacation was earlier this year and now I'm only taking this weekend off because I was told I had 2 days that I would have to "use or lose", I've honestly contemplated on even going , how can I spend 2.5 days of just not having to run errands , go to the gym , do hw go to work , figure out 20 other things for myself to do?
But I remembered to go back to one of my passions which is art , and I'm going with a radio , open heart , mind full of ideas , a couple of books to read and my sketch book. Oh I also plan on sleeping a whole lot :)