August 24, 2016
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
You find yourself with the problem of either your family asking/bugging/demanding that it’s time to take a vacation or you’re really busy with work and stuff but deep down you know you need a break from all the regular stuff that is filling up your life. It’s mid August, corn and soybean harvest isn’t too far away, and if you’ve not taken at least a long weekend off, IT’S TIME.
Personally, I grew up in a family that took regular vacations. My parents took them even though they ran two businesses, a construction company and a pig farm. They took time away as a couple and we all went away as a family. Come on, be realistic, your batteries need recharging, you need to experience difference landscapes and you need to make memories with the ones you love.
Below is an excerpt from an article…
7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Take Vacations Even If You’re Busy
Let’s face it, people are more concerned about their jobs and livelihood now more than ever. However in a bid to selfishly guard our time, we lose some important things in our lives. We need to work, yet we need to get off being busy and experience a vacation, too.
1. You reduce your stress
Whether you are experiencing a burnout or are embattled with lots of pressures at work, going on a vacation will dramatically reduce whatever stress you are experiencing.
2. You do your health a lot of good
According to a study by the State University of New York at Oswego, after surveying 12,000 men it was discovered that men who go on vacation reduce their overall risk of soon death by 20 percent.
3. You improve your productivity
According to a survey by Sam’s Club it was discovered that very few small business owners take days off. This caused exhaustion, impatience, poor decision making and illness. You will be helping your work by becoming more productive after taking a vacation.
4. You become more creative afterwards
Vacation provides you with the time to refresh and recharge your brain cells.
5. You become happier
A recent study shows that taking time off actually improves your happiness. According to the study leader, Jeroen Nawijn, it will be better to spread the vacation experience twice or thrice in a year rather than taking one big vacation!
6. You are open to new perspectives
Whether you are going to the beach in a foreign country or driving through the heat of Las Vegas, time from work gives you an excellent time to reflect and open yourself to new possibilities. At such a period away from work you can see the world from a holistic angle rather than a lopsided angle. You could be pushed to read a business book, learn new cultures and change your perspective to one that will help you gain better vision as you return to your every day job.
7. You offer yourself some family or self time
Quality of life is dependent on how you appreciate yourself and those who are around you. It could be with yourself, family or friends; but only vacations from a busy schedule can offer you time to appreciate the people around you. Doing a vacation offers you an opportunity to truly think about those things that matter, whether it is by reflecting or planning, vacation gives you a sense of peace and warmth you will never get in a workplace environment.
To get more of Casey Imafidon’s wisdom go to: http://www.lifehack.org/author/casey-imafidon
Now that I have you convinced you need some time away, what are you going to do? It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does need to be away. Stay-cations don’t count in my book.
Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
Trade houses with a friend of arrange on-line. Just Google something like “house swap holiday” and see what you find.
If you don’t want the busyness of the city or tourist areas, what about a rural holiday? You can find them all over Europe, and this link has ideas for rural Ontario. http://www.ruralist.ca/try-8-unique-places-to-stay-in-rural-ontario/
Camping, hiking, canoeing are all activities you can tailor to your comfort level and still have a great active experience. Just don’t over-plan it and suck all the fun out.
Road Trip! As long as everyone can get along in the vehicle, hitting the road to find all the waterfalls, lighthouses or corny tourist traps can be fun.
Find a last minute flight, cruise or city tourist package. You’ll have some fun and save $$.
No ideas yet? Try going through these questions with your family and see what comes to mind.
Making Family Memories Take time to share and discuss the following questions.
1) What is your favorite childhood memory?
2) What is your favorite family holiday memory?
3) What food represents a special marriage/family memory?
4) What movie represents a special marriage/family memory?
5) What performer/concert/theater event is a special marriage/family memory?
6) What family crisis sparked a special marriage/family memory?
By Bo Prosser
That’s the end of my life lesson today. Ultimately it’s up to you.
Here are some closing words of wisdom:
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson
The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see. ~Author unknown
A vacation trip is one-third pleasure, fondly remembered, and two-thirds aggravation, entirely forgotten. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com