by Terri Hendrickson
Have you ever heard tis from co-workers, friends and family?
“Do Us a Favor and leave. Get out! Go away!”
In other words: Please Take a Vacation!
Are you a workaholic who arrives early, and leaves late? Do you sit at your desk day dreaming of visiting fabulous p laces but feel you can’t take off because, of your spouse, bills, boss, job, money? Are you fatigued, argumentative, mean, stressed out, or grouchy? Do you drag in to work, always late? Is your desk piled high with papers, drafts, or reports? Are you loud in department meetings, stressed out, yell, or need to have the last word? Do you find you no longer smile at work, speak to colleagues, or help others? Does this sound like you….?
You’re not alone. There are people at every level of profession who work a full time job, year after year, and never take a family vacation; people who never get away to recharge or relax. It can limit your productivity. Taking a vacation from work makes you more alert, confident, and creates a state of happiness when you return. In fact the vacation offers you more time for sleep, and stimulates your mind. Overworking without a break also affects your health. It is very important that you maintain a healthy life style by having an outlet to work off built up stress, frustration, anger, and anxiety for you and your family.
“HelpGuide.org, Understanding Systems of Stress,” states that it is important to recognize when your stress is out of control.”
Signs and Symptoms of stress over load are:
- Cognitive- memory problems, poor judgment, seeing only the negative
- Emotional-moodiness, depression, short temper, feeling overwhelmed
- Physical-aches and pains, nausea and dizziness, chest pain and rapid heart rate
- Behavioral-smoking, alcohol, drug use, sleeping too much, nail biting
But there are evenmore benefits! Taking a vacation strengthens family bonds. A trip together gives families the opportunity to communicate, share laughter, and create memories for a life time.
Elizabeth Scott, author of, The Importance of Vacations, Stress Relief, Productivity and Health states, “Vacation Promotes Creativity.” A great vacation can rejuvenate your body, and refresh your mind. Getting out of a stressful working environment may be just the ticket that you need. Staying healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally is vital to the success of your careers, and family life.
Because of today’s economic hard times, unemployment, job loss, and foreclosures etc., many people are afraid to actually take a vacation. Often they are staying on their jobs, tired, burnt out, and saving their PTO (vacation hours) for an emergency. Others are only taking a few days off because they are afraid that they will lose their jobs when they return. If this is where you fall now that summer has arrived it is the perfect time to take advantage of many low cost activities and pleasures. Its time to send yourself on a Staycation.
Sometimes it is not the big trips vacationers plan to get away. Often the small things like a local activity for the weekend for you and your family are the greatest times to be had. There are wonderful, inexpensive activities that you can put into your staycation plans:
- Catch a movie matinee
- Go on a hiking trip or visit a camping resort
- Plan an adventure through your city’s museum
- Visit An Aquarium
- Walk through a Botanical Gardens or local Zoo
- Spend the day at a theme park on Friends and Family Day
- Make breakfast in bed or plan a picnic at your favorite park
- Splash the day way at a public lake, river or beach
- Take a weekend window shopping trip
If money is no object, here is a list of other summer delights for vacationers that offer relaxation, family fun and entertainment. They require some planning, and moderate spending but you will enjoy your staycation with these ideas as well:
- Sail away on a weekend, 3, 5 or 7 day cruise
- Book a Disney vacation with Mickey & Minnie
- Let the Dolphins entertain you at Sea World
- Relax and be pamperes at a Spa resort for a weekend
- Rent a camper and drive to another city, or two, or more
So what are you waiting for? Its time to start planning that staycation of your dreams. Make this the best summer ever; you deserve it and you will be glad you did!
“Come to me, all you who are weary, and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle, and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
Contributing Writer, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Terri Hendrickson is a fifty something with a thirty-four year degree in motherology to a wonderful daughter. The proud grandmother of two awesome and gifted granddaughters, she is divorced and still waiting to meet the Boaz of her life. Her passion for education includes graduating from Aristotle College in 1988 with a certificate in Allied Health Administration. She is a graduate from Marion College with a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management in 2007 receiving academic honors of Dean’s List in the 2004-2005 school terms, also from Marion College. She recently received her MBA at University of Phoenix and is a writer of five children’s books and one book of poetry. She is currently working on completing her first adult book. Her entrepreneur spirit led her to become a wedding planner and runs her own small business called, “Dream Girl Weddings & Gift Baskets.” In her spare time, she enjoys serving in ministry, reading, walking, decoratin and watching movies.