Are you feeling tired, sluggish, life is just a chore? Maybe you need a holiday.
When was the last time you took a holiday? No, not just a long weekend but a decent break of two weeks or more. A break where you can just relax and do whatever you want to. Sounds tempting doesn’t it?
We are currently on a cruise and it is the first holiday we have taken in 3 years. The last few years we have been caring for my in-laws who were in their late 80s. My FIL passed away last year and my MIL has recently moved to an aged care facility – she is almost 91.
We were definitely feeling burnt out! My husband and I have had very short breaks away but not a long break where we can relax and be pampered so the cruise was a perfect way to enjoy a holiday.
If it is okay for students to take a Gap Year, why do adults feel that they can’t afford the time for a holiday? I’m not saying you take a year off – which would be fantastic, however working constantly without a break is not healthy.
Here are four reasons why we need to take a holiday to be healthy and why you should schedule them into your life. It isn’t called R&R for nothing.
1. It will relax your mind
Your mental health is vitally important for you to keep functioning at your peak. There is so much talk now about Mental Health in the Workplace and companies are trying to find ways to ease the stresses on their employees. Taking a holiday removes you from your work and home environment and the stresses of day to day living.
2. It can improve your physical health
If you work in an office, sitting at a desk for 8 plus hours a day then taking a holiday can improve your physical health. You are more likely to be active when on holidays as you explore the places you are visiting. If you are on a cruise you can power walk around the deck or go to the gym or yoga classes.
3. It helps your relationships
When you are on a holiday there is time to actually talk and communicate with your partner without the interruptions of social media or other external factors. You actually get to spend quality time together.
4. It will recharge you
After a week or two of chilling out you will be feeling refreshed and recharged. You will feel energetic and ready to get back into reality and work (once you get over the post holiday blues LOL). You should notice a difference at work and be much more effective in completing your tasks.
If you are still not convinced read my post on The Pros & Cons of Cruising as that can be the perfect chill out relaxing holiday.