Vacation…the word carries so much joy. For most people it conjures images of getting away to their happy place and for others it makes you think of endless food and sleep. For me vacation just means a change from my usual routine. Yeah,it does mostly involve me thinking of a nice small beach town and endless Samosas but anything that involves me changing my routine makes me feel relaxed and rested.
There’s something to be said about taking a break from your norm. Whether it is from your work/study or from your fitness routine or even your social life. Taking a step back to work on your mental health, your strength, your spirit and your soul us essential to a happy and healthy life. Taking that break ensures that you gain perspective on your life; what matters, who’s important, what needs to be left behind and whether or not your relationships are healthy.
Now it’s almost the end of the year and what a year this is! I mean, there is something terrible on the news everyday and it looks like the apocalypse is fast approaching and our time on earth is getting shorter and shorter. Anyways, I was saying considering it is the end of the year, many of you are probably thinking of calling it quits and taking a vacation if you haven’t already gone like me. While on holiday I realized that there were so many benefits of taking a break and thought I should share them;just in case you feel like you don’t have anything to do you can use them to get a list of activities to do. Or for your vacation or if you are thinking of not taking one because you are struggling to make ends meet or achieve some goals then this is to help you see some things in a different light and maybe help you reconsider. So whether it is going someplace for a rest or changing something or just getting a break from routine…here are the 12 best reasons to take a vacation.
It can be from a situation, person, job, place or just from your own life. It doesn’t have to be escape from a bad thing, it can just be about getting to paradise. So you don’t have to actually leave where you are, you can maybe go to your happy place mentally or try a new fun workout or change your style. It’s all about getting that break from reality.
2. A change:
Whether of scenery, activity or the people you hang out with. Vacation is great because it provides you a change. So if you are tired of what you are doing, change it for a while or go to a new place for a night or a couple of days.
Another great benefit of a vacation. Whether it is lounging around or actually sleeping or even just emptying your mind and relaxing it is a good way to use your time.
- Learning a new skill:
Sometimes taking a break and taking the time to learn something new just helps you grow. Whether it is about the universe or stitching or music, or language or dancing or physics or the bible. A new revelation/skill feels great and boosts confidence and thus gives you energy to go back to your home/work/study/routine with a new spirit.
- Gaining perspective/Clarity:
Going on vacation will help you gain perspective on your life by giving you a chance to step back and use it to see it with a set of fresh eyes. You can also gain clarity because a break helps you think about it differently and relaxing also helps your brain make better and more informed decisions, it’s a scientific fact.
Isn’t it obvious? Rest or change is good for giving your batteries some much needed juice. Your brain, your body, your spirit all need a break once in a while…so take it. And if you’re on vacation, ensure that whatever you do helps you recharge.
- Re-examining your life/priorities:
Vacations are good for re-examining your life and taking the time to check your priorities. Especially if your vacation involves actually leaving where you are and going to another place. Writing down what you have achieved, what are your future plans, what are your fears and also what do you prioritize and see what needs changing so that you can improve yourself, your life and inadvertently those around you.
- Take time to work on your hobby:
Use the time to work on talents and hobbies and gifts especially if your usual life and routine do not have space or time for you to do this. This time will help you sharpen the skills and give you strength and determination to preserve. It will also give you joy and fulfilment that you can carry with you through hard or dreary times.
- Help those in need:
Because sharing is caring and in giving you receive joy, peace, gratitude and fulfilment. A vacation does not have to be you in a beach cottage or in a mountain lodge or on safari, it can be you taking time out to volunteer at a homeless shelter, children’s home or doctors without borders or even red cross. Just take a few days or weeks or even months to just give back because no matter how bad you have it, someone has it worse. You could even chose to go for missions to other countries like Syria or DRC.
- Make new friends and business contacts:
I mean, get your head out of a book/tablet/phone and meet new people, go someplace and make friends. Vacation is all about something new, including the people in your life. These don’t have to be lifelong friendships or commitments but they’ll be good for the moment.
- Exploring new places ,cultures and foods:
Which gives you better understanding of the world, your work and God’s creation. New places also give us perspective and help us change our mind-set which can push us through a plateau phase.
- Time to pray and meditate on God’s word:
The best vacation is one spent with God. That extra time that is unrushed and unbothered (are those words?) by daily routines and timetables will refresh your soul and make all the above possible.
So never be ashamed of needing a break, especially toward the end of the year and in these days and times. Take time to lose yourself in making you better, in meditating on God’s word and in strengthening your resolve to work towards your purpose.
Hope you take a vacation very soon. Are there any other great reasons to take a break? Comment below. Like and share and subscribe please if you haven’t already.