Vacations: Why We Need Them

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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A vacation is a break from the daily routine, from the continual demands and responsibilities of life, an opportunity to recharge one’s batteries. Without these breaks, it becomes more difficult to cope with stress and to perform consistently at a high level both at work and in the home. Jobs and family obligations are relentless and without some kind of release from them, the body and the spirit become worn down, susceptible to illness and depression.

Vacations help keep relationships healthy. A relaxed environment away from home, which encourages playtime and rest time, provides a comfortable backdrop to renewed communication and enjoyment of one another. When one lives in a big city, a trip to the country can be very restorative. Just as easily, for rural dwellers, a big city experience can be very invigorating.

Job performance is put in jeopardy when lengthy periods of time go by without getting away. It becomes more difficult to problem-solve and be creative when the brain is overly taxed and must be on high alert constantly. A few days of turning work off completely allows for recuperation, and a renewal of energy.

While on vacation it is possible to go on adventures, of the geographical kind and the internal kind. It can be a time of personal assessment, of growth and realization, as well as a time to explore a part of the world unfamiliar and interesting, even if it’s just a neighborhood across town. These revelations are carried back into the everyday regime, inspiring and generating new positive attitudes.

Think of a vacation as a reward, a gift to oneself of time. It might include seeing family, exploring the outdoors, reading a book that’s been waiting to be opened, eating great food or a host of other ingredients which make for a really good time. Most importantly, it is an enforced time out, dedicated to the enjoyment of life, much needed and well-deserved.

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