Why you NEED a Vacation

I just got back from a long weekend in Lake Placid, New York. I haven’t been on a vacation since August 2016. My husband and I both started new jobs, which comes with new stressors, change, and uncomfortable acclimation. The little things were starting to irritate us; our patience growing thin not only with each other, but with daily life tasks. We needed a break. Whether it be a staycation, a drivable long weekend getaway, or a trip to somewhere exotic, read below why you need a vacation…

Break your Routine

Alarm clock. Coffee. Get ready, commute to work. Work all day. Hit the gym for a super quick workout. Go grocery shopping. Shower. Prepare dinner. Clean something. Throw in a load of laundry. Prepare for the next day. Try to unwind. Sleep. Repeat. Does this sound familiar?

Do you know what my routine was on vacation? Oh wait, there was no routine. None. No alarm clock buzzing in my ear at five thirty AM. No preparing for the next day. No cleaning. I got out of bed when my body wanted to rise. I went to the gym every day at whatever time I wanted to go. I didn’t have to worry about picking up my husband’s dry cleaning or running to the supermarket after my workout. I ate at a new restaurant every meal, not worrying about having to scrub a pile of dishes. I didn’t do one load of laundry. I fixed my hair nicely; I applied makeup. I took a long shower, not worrying about my to-do list. I read a book AND a magazine. I spent quality time with my husband.

Being on vacation allows you a change of routine, habits, and roles, that you need for adequate relaxation and rejuvenation. Sleep in, don’t cook, and sit down and read something other than the monthly bills…

Try Something New

I went for a massage and received a cupping treatment. Cupping is where they use cups to create a suction over your muscles to reduce pain, inflammation, and to promote relaxation and healthy blood flow. I loved it. My back and neck had less tension! I want to continue receiving treatments now that I am home.

My husband and I also hiked two of the 46 high peaks. We tackled and accomplished Cascade and Porter mountains. It was an incredible experience that involved a lot of teamwork and really brought us closer together as a married couple. Hiking the high peaks is no joke, and we were so happy when we realized that we hiked 4,096 feet above sea level together. It was exhilarating and we are so excited to share our adventure with others.

Even if you have a staycation, do something new. Visit a rock climbing gym, experience a cooking class, or get a Reiki treatment.  If you go away, plan an excursion. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, and most importantly, have fun.

Hiking in Lake Placid

My husband, at the summit of Cascade Mountain

Take Care of Yourself

I spent time swimming in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, and sweating in the sauna. Swimming is fantastic exercise, the hot tub is super relaxing, and the sauna helps my body rid toxins. I got an hour workout in the gym every day. My husband and I had conversations at dinner other than what needed to be done (around the house, errands, etc). I felt fantastic. We reconnected. Win-win. I also went to the beach and read a book, which was so calming and soothing. Breathing in the fresh lake air, reading a New York Times Bestseller, and sitting with my toes in the sand, while drinking a local craft brew…what could be better?

Try to rejuvenate all your needs when you take a vacation:

  • Mental: read a book, magazine, or newspaper, play a board/card game
  • Physical: go swimming, to the gym, hiking, walk around town, explore your surroundings
  • Emotional: meditate, reconnect with whomever your with
Relaxing in Lake Placid

Relaxing on the beach with a book & a beer in Lake Placid

Disconnect

I’m guilty of being on my phone; but for a few hours each day, I tried to stay off my phone and be one with myself and nature. We are constantly on our electronic devices when we are at home. Give your brain (and fingers) a rest and disconnect from everything! It feels good, trust me!

Nature in Lake Placid

Being one with Cascade Mountain

You’ll Return Happy

When you get home, you’ll be thrilled. You’ll get to sleep in your own bed, bathe in your own shower, and come home to share your stories with family, friends, and pets. You will feel relaxed, rested, and happy. You won’t be ready to return to work, but when you head back into the office, you will remind yourself that working will pay for your next adventure.

Final Thoughts

Take a vacation. You probably need it.

I saw a quotation that stated, “Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” – I’m not there yet. My life is unfortunately not a vacation. I look forward to getting away from my daily habits, roles, and routines to visit new places, try new things, and reconnect with myself and my husband.

When is your next adventure? Where will you go? What will you do? 

Namaste.

PS. Stay tuned to the next post which will feature a Cruelty Free at Home Spa Night – if you can’t take a vacation, you can still feel like you are on vacation!

Why you NEED a Vacation

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62 thoughts on “Why you NEED a Vacation

    • Nadalie,

      A staycation is just as great. Take a bubble bath, do a yoga flow, watch some junk on television! Just relax! I hope my post gave you some ideas too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  1. You just described the perfect. vacation! Pure relaxation and doing what YOU want, no worries, no stress. We’re all so busy with our lives and I think it’s important to take some time off every few months, even if it’s just for a weekend! Thanks for the read!

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  2. Yes, vacations are an absolute necessity. I totally agree with you. Sometimes you just need to have a chance to relax, unwind, and re-charge. I’m so happy to hear that you were finally able to get away for a little bit. I’ve always wanted to try the cupping technique, and I think I’ll have to take my mom when I go. I also never thought about taking a cooking class. That would be a super fun way to indulge in a staycation!

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    • Cupping was amazing; I was a little nervous about it but it really broke up the tension in my back, neck, and hip. I am looking forward to another treatment. I have taken a few cooking classes and they are super fun! Not only do you learn, but you make traditional dishes and get to take some home! Win-win! Thanks for reading and commenting, Larissa.

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  3. I leave for vacation in a week and a half and cannot wait for a break. I will be off the grid for a week but it will be worth the mental break from technology.
    Jenn
    joyfuliowan.com

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  4. Today can be SO stressful! I’m glad you and your husband are taking time out for yourselves. The fist time my husband and I went somewhere alone was in 1988 for our first wedding anniversary! Hawaii! It was great! Last fall, when our youngest was working and we were all alone on the weekends we started driving around the countryside of Geogia seeing what there was to see! Take the time you can, as often as you can, because time just flies by!

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  5. I’m so glad to hear you had a great time! My kind of vacation is taking in lots of time to relax mixed in with some fun activities. We went to Lake Placid several years ago in the late summer/early fall and it was absolutely beautiful. We did a lot of hiking while we were there.

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  6. “Take a vacation, You probably need one”. Truth! Sounds like your getaway was just the thing both you and hubby needed to combat the stress of all the life changes going on. Good for you! It is way too easy to just keep putting self care like this off, and before you know it you’re completely burnt out. Great ideas!

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  7. We just got back from an awesome vacay but my little boy is already talking about our next trip LOL! I think it will just be a quick trip home for a week or two to see family 🙂

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  8. So true! Really like this post. This year vacation, we got four kids, the youngest a baby, I was wondering how it would be- but just to change the routines- and be able to do more what we feel like in the moment…

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  9. Interesting post ! Beautifully Written & wonderful Clicks !

    Can’t agree more..Vacations are a must to infuse fun & enthusiasm again..earlier I used to have a break once a year which then eventually changed to twice a year & the same is now thrice a year 🙂

    As for our recent vacation , We visited a beautiful Hill station in North India recently !

    And Here ‘s a short write up from my recently updated Travel Diary :

    My ‘With Family’ story of a near perfect Hill Station !!(Photograph based short story )

    https://the-passport-souls.travel.blog/2017/06/10/my-with-family-story-of-a-vacation-at-a-near-perfect-hill-station/

    Hope you find it interesting ! 🙂

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