Do you look forward to taking time off for the holidays?
Do you also try to combine a little vacation time with a holiday?
Or do you just take a “mental health day” once in a while and skip the vacation?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these, all I can say is good for you. Just remember to do it more often.
What Did Freud Have to Say About This One?
Sigmund Freud once said, “A holiday is a permitted—or rather a prescribed excess, a solemn violation of a prohibition.”
It’s sad how sometimes we have to use a holiday as an excuse to get away from it all. But if it will get you out of your office, home office, your workplace—use the excuse. Use the holiday. Don’t be afraid to step out of routine once in a while.
You’ll be able to get right back in line. Don’t let the holiday become added stress to your life. If it does become stressful, sit down and brainstorm ways to take the stress out. For example, if food is a big deal at your house (and it is at my house), have a pot luck instead of cooking a big meal yourselves.
If you’re a Southerner like me, the meal usually looks like pot luck anyway because we all just love to eat and cook way too much. Yes, sitting in the kitchen “talkin’ and pickin’,” we always say. There’s also “pickin’ and grinnin’,” but that is another topic.
For your time-off, you may sleep in late the next day, eat a fattening breakfast, put on your new jeans (if they still fit!), and go spend time with those you care about. Enjoy! Just remember, you never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul. There will always be time to buy “stuff” and pay bills.
What is My Challenge to You?
My challenge to you is to start breaking up the daily routine with a few indulgences. Try reversing your daytime and night time activities—just not with clients, customers, and bosses! Try a movie in the afternoon instead of on the weekend. Drive a more scenic route to the grocery store. Put flowers on the dinner table even if it’s just you, the spouse, and kids.
Have you ever tried working by candlelight in your home office? It can be very spiritual, and I don’t mean that in a woo-hoo foo way either. By golly, if Louisa May Alcott can write some of the greatest American literature by candlelight—so can I. Or at least get the writing done for my client or blog!
Let me begin by saying that I hope all of you will occasionally have a day off or do something fun. Whether you use a formal holiday or a scheduled vacation or just a day off every now and then—do it.
Do You Need More Proof For Taking a Vacation?
Millionaires and doctors both understand the importance of taking time off. Did you happen to read my article on How Unpaid Time Off Can Make You Richer?
- Millionaires take up to six pleasure vacations with only 1 out of 5 of them are using 5-star hotels for the vacation. This leads one to conclude that the time itself with family is actually more than or as valuable as the scenery and amenities offered.
- Doctors at the State University of New York found that out of 12,000 men over a nine-year period the ones who took a vacation had less risk of dying from heart disease.
Personally, I have noticed that the days that I work “fun” into my routine instead of trying the “oxen-mule-plough-pull method”—I did much better. I didn’t get everything done, but I did get the important things done (never do) and also replenished my energy. I also kept a good momentum throughout the day.
As always, I would love to hear from all of you on just how you work time-off into your work life. Please feel free to leave your comments below.