Take a Vacation Every Day

By: rbanks721
Is modern-day society leading to the extinction of free time? It seems that the days of having plenty of time to accomplish all of the normal day-to-day responsibilities and having a bit of free time are virtually gone.

How did this happen? All of the new technological advances should be providing an abundance of free time. Nearly everything has been automated in some way. There are fast cars to transport us quickly to our destination, dishwashers and robotic vacuum cleaners to take care of household tasks, cell phones for immediate communication and problem resolution, and computers to speed up previously tedious tasks.

The problem seems to be that because we are capable of doing so much, the expectations are higher. The bar has risen. Our employers, our families and even we have ever-increasing demands on our time. What can be done to draw the line and hold on to a bit of sanity in our lives?

One technique is to take a "vacation" every day. That is not to say go away on a literal trip every day, but rather take a break and do something enjoyable each day. Allot some time each day whether it be thirty minutes or even ten to do something truly enjoyable and satisfying. For some this may mean doing nothing at all. For others, it may mean doing something meaningful that normally is not given full priority over other obligations.

A sense of well-being can be accomplished with thirty minutes of reading a good book, playing with the dog, or simply relaxing under a big shade tree. Even ten minutes of a relaxing activity can be extremely beneficial in this day of non-stop constant on-the-go activity. A ten minute rest for the eyes can really add a spark to a dragging energy level. A quick walk around the grounds can also offer a much needed break and a chance to clear the mind.

Occasionally, when a greater amount of time can be set aside, mini-vacations or outings should be planned. It is important to include some fun in everyday life. Extreme work schedules can ultimately lead to burnout and other serious problems. Amazingly, time off spent doing enjoyable activities can actually lead to more productivity in work and family responsibilities.

It is reported that many in Corporate America are not taking their earned vacation time in full. And, if they do manage to take a vacation, they are taking their cell phones and personal digital assistants with them. It is important to find a way to take advantage of this valuable time off. In terms of value, it is a matter of health rather than dollars and cents. The health of the country depends on utilizing time off for personal relaxation and pursuits.

With a little planning and discipline, a balance between work and life can be realized.
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