Are you ready for a break? I mean a real break. A vacation away from home. I have to say that I am more than ready. It’s been a year since we took a family vacation which is unusual for us. We almost always take a week away during our children’s school breaks—both winter and spring breaks. My husband and I took a long weekend last August and it feels like it was eons ago.

The nonstop juggling of family, work, and other obligations takes a toll on my physical and creative energy. I sort of feel like a computer with too many programs running; I need to unplug and re-boot.

The family and I are headed to one of our favorite resorts in Scottsdale, AZ next week. Temperatures are already soaring over 100 degrees there, but it really won’t matter. Pool time is typically offset with miniature golf, seeing some movies, dining in our favorite restaurants, a Diamondbacks game, a little sightseeing, board and card games, and completing at least one jigsaw puzzle. I can’t wait!

I expect to come back refreshed, reinvigorated, and motivated for all of life’s obligations. Here are some health benefits of vacation from a website Standard Life:

IMG_1213Five reasons to go on vacation

  • Relieve stress
 The very first benefit of leaving everything behind and relieving your brain of all your worries is reduced stress.

Several studies have shown a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. It has also been scientifically established that taking vacations reduces the incidence of burnout.

Relief from stress often gives us a new perspective on life, allows us to regain energy and often to find simple and sometimes obvious solutions to problems that had previously seemed impossible to solve.
  • Improve your mental skills
 Some studies have found a positive relationship between vacations and intellectual function. A well-rested mind that is free of worry is often more effective.
  • Improve your physical health
 Besides getting you away from daily stressors, a vacation often gives you the opportunity to catch up on sleep and exercise, two simple remedies for many aches and pains.
  • Strengthen family ties
Too often, in our fast-paced daily routine, family relationships suffer. A vacation is a great opportunity to discover each other in a different setting and to build lasting memories.
  • Enjoy life
 Taking time off can be a great opportunity to meet new people, laugh and do the things that you most enjoy!


Have you booked your trip yet? What are you waiting for?

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