Three weeks ago I was excited to get out of the Minnesota cold and head for my first trip to Florida and its warmer weather.
My husband and I spent a wonderful week together in Florida meeting new people and seeing new sights and then we came home.
Over the years I read a lot about the benefits of taking a vacation. Most recently I read an article on About.com on stress management by Elizabeth Scott, M.S. The title of her article was “The Importance of Vacations, for Stress Relief, Productivity and Health.”
She sited seven benefits of vacations:
1. Vacations promote creativity
2. Vacations Stave Off Burnout
3. Vacations Can Keep You Healthy
4. Vacations Promote Overall Wellbeing
5. Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds
6. Vacations Can Help You With Job Performance
7. Vacations Relieve Stress in Lasting Ways
Elizabeth states “The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.”
Since returning home from vacation I have felt exhausted, uncreative, unproductive, stressed out, and generally apathetic about my job. I can’t help but think that I did my vacation wrong.