Hello, beautiful people! Thanks for checking out gratitude journal entry #15. Today, I’m grateful for vacations!
“Vacation means a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options.”
-Anne Wilson Schaef
If you’re like me, you love a good vacation. Who doesn’t love a good vacation? In fact, you probably plan months in advance. After working tirelessly for an extended period, our bodies and mind become weary and deserving of some good rest and relaxation. However, I’ve come to notice that many persons choose not to take time off, often because they think they can’t afford it. Money in lieu of vacation, in my opinion, is not a good idea. Our bodies and minds need a break from our stressful and demanding daily routines in order to function properly. We all know at least one person who worked himself (or herself) to a pulp, right?
Below, I have listed a few reasons to support why I’m grateful for vacations:
Taking time off from work-
1. Relaxes the body and mind. Our jobs can be demanding… increasing stress levels and encouraging high blood pressure. On vacation, we typically deal with less stress. We get the chance to relax and be carefree. Thus, reducing the amount of stress.
2. Inspires us to be creative. Finally, our brain gets a break from the mundane routine of our jobs! Vacation allows us to experience new things. A break from reality allows us to get lost in our dreams and gives us the sudden courage to do things we wouldn’t normally do and create things we wouldn’t think of creating. It gives us a new vision and causes our passion to grow.
3. Recharges your “batteries”. Vacation allows us to catch up on some much-needed sleep and lazy time. It also allows us to plan and set certain things into motion.
4. Affords us time to spend with our loved ones. While on vacation, we get more time to spend with friends and family. Visiting loved ones becomes more practical, especially if they live in another country.
5. Gives us time to travel and explore. Whether you prefer to travel locally or internationally is totally up to you. Go out and explore! It’ll help to broaden your horizon and positively impact your outlook.
6. Enables increase productivity. When you’re overworked on the job, you are less productive. It’s as if your brain and body move slower and slower. You don’t produce as efficiently as you once did. Give your body and mind a jump start by getting some rest. I promise that after a good vacation, you’ll be fired up and ready to go again.
I’m grateful for vacations. At the tail end of every vacation, I get started on planning the next one. When’s the last time you took time off from work? How often do you go on a vacation? What do you like to do during your vacation? I’d love to hear about it.
What are you grateful for today? Write it down in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading.