Remember the cute commercial of the kids that are gobsmacked that their parents aren’t taking all of their vacation days? Most Americans don’t take all of their days, and when they do take time off, many remained “plugged in” at work.
Psychology Today says, “Chronic stress takes its toll in part on our body’s ability to resist infection, maintain vital functions, and even ability to avoid injury. When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill, your arteries take a beating, and you’re more likely to have an accident. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way. Mentally, not only do you become more irritable, depressed, and anxious, but your memory will become worse and you’ll make poorer decisions. You’ll also be less fun to be with, causing you to become more isolated, lonely, and depressed.”
Wow! We need our vacations. Time away allows us to break the stress cycle. We have the potential to come out of vacation with a new perspective on our life, our problems, and our blessings.
We would love to hear about a vacation you have had – or perhaps even share a photo. We are sharing a picture taken by one of our board members on a family vacation.