We have become a society of workaholics. That’s right- workaholics. We struggle to take the time to get away, to explore our restful state, and to spend quality time with not only those we hold dear but also ourselves. Ladies, today I am here to tell you, it is time for a vacation.
The thing about it is vacations can take on different meanings for different people. Some may see a vacation as a long, extended getaway, others may need a simple weekend at home removed from all things committal and social. What kind of vacation you commit to is really up to you and what serves you best… The important thing is that you carve out the time and take one.
The “stay-cay” is one of my absolute favorite vacations. It is simple to do, takes very little money, and requires only that you commit to yourself and your restoration. A stay-cay can be as long or as short as you would like it, but typically I recommend taking at least three to four days per year to hunker in and rest up. How do you start this stay-cay? First you must begin by carving out time in your schedule. So, over your morning coffee, get out your calendar and determine when you can carve out 3-4 days for YOU. During this coffee date with yourself, also write down a minimum of five items you have been wanting to do, but have not had the time to commit to them. I encourage you to have these items be restorative and inspiring- meaning- they should not take a lot of energy or materials to accomplish… Reading a good book, attending a yoga class, or taking daily bubble baths are just a few examples.
Once you have carved out the time and created your “restful” list, the next step is to tell everyone that may be contacting you that you are taking a vacation and to reach out to you only if it is an emergency. This may seem harsh, but it is important that you respect the time you are creating just for yourself.
The getaway is also a great option for your vacation and the possibilities are endless. You could simply go to the next town or you could go to another country. The option is really up to you, the amount of time you have and your budget. How you begin your getaway is the exact same way you begin your stay-cay; sit down and have a coffee date with your calendar. Determine how much time you can carve out, determine where you would like to go and what your budget is and create a list of items you would like to do on your getaway. Spending this initial time with yourself is important. It is a commitment to yourself and to your rest.
Why do You Need a Vacation Anyway?
Many women I talk to say they simply cannot take the time to take a vacation. Even more women say they do not have the funds to do so. There are others who say they prefer the heavy workload and don’t want the time off. But the reality is, ladies, we all need to allow our bodies and minds to rest and restore so we can be there for the people that matter the most to us- our family, our friends, our work, and ourselves. By providing more time for us to restore, we are able to be more productive during the times that require our focus and our attention. Without rest, we are ineffective with our time. With rest, we are able to be our best present self.
This year carve out the time necessary for you to rest and restore- whether it be a stay-cay or a getaway- the time you give to yourself and your health creates a more productive and efficient YOU!
Your Women's Lifestyle Coach & Owner of Little Bits Lifestyle Products