Periodically unplugging from the stressors associated with our daily routines like office work, house chores, and family duties helps us not only boost our immune system, but we can also become more productive and creative.
Those feelings of physical and emotional exhaustion, lack of concentration and inability to focus, mild forgetfulness, are the tell-tale signs of work-related burnout. And according to psychologists, taking shorter vacations could be even more beneficial for you, because ultimately they are good for our mental health: “Vacations are coping mechanisms that help us adapt to the everyday stresses of our lives.”
But there is a way to maximize these benefits: and one of those strategies is The Planning Process.
But what is it about the planning process that can be intrinsically beneficial to your health?
- It builds anticipation and that is good in and of itself. Just like Fridays make you happy because they mean it’s the end of the work week.
- It gives you time to ease into “vacation-mode”, another excellent strategy to maximize the benefits of taking time off from work.
- Plan for experiences, they help you connect with yourself and others, get you out of your comfort zone, and help you think outside-the-box.
- Sharing is caring…for yourself. Sharing your vacation experiences with friends and family has almost the same health benefits as the vacation itself.
I am currently working on a couple of Travel Guides to help you in this planning process. I will keep you posted!