By Meri Mayes We just returned from an amazing family vacation on Anna Maria Island in Florida! With some great luck, we got out right before the big NJ snowstorm!
As entrepreneurs and small business owners, it is especially hard to take time off, but here are five reasons I think everyone should make time to get away.
1. Reconnect with Family
Sometimes we save the most exhausted and irritable version of ourselves for the ones we love most. Vacation gives us the chance to forget about responsibilities, rules, and challenges so we can indulge in conversation, snuggles, and extra time with the people who really matter.
This trip, we took both our kids and the grandparents so it was extra special.
2. Recharge and Get Fresh Ideas
Vacation is also a time to totally relax and refresh. This was our first non-working vacation in years so Sleep--Eat--Beach was the motto, and it left us feeling refreshed and ready to keep movin' and shakin'.
Over the years, we've also made some of our biggest breakthroughs while sitting on a beach somewhere. It's amazing what you can think of when you have a clear mind and few distractions.
3. Try New Things and Have Fun
When you're young, the world is filled with constant learning and new experiences, but as we "grow up" we often fall into the doldrums of routine.
Vacation is an opportunity to try new things and keep life fresh and exciting. Go ahead -- try parasailing, eat the alligator, feel your heart race -- you only live once.
4. Bolster your Health
You probably don't need me to convince you that vacation is good for your health but here are a few studies to bring the point home:
"Women who take the least amount of vacations are at a 50% higher risk for a heart attack." (Framington Heart Study, 1992)
"Infrequent male vacationers have a 20% higher risk of dying from any cause and nearly a 50% higher risk of dying from a heart attack. (Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000)
Here are our reasons....
5. Experience God
When you quietly watch the sun set over the ocean, it's hard not to feel just a little closer to heaven. The sheer beauty and complexity of nature leaves you with the peace that passes all understanding.
Where is YOUR favorite spot to get away??