Healthy Living Newsletter - Volume 1, No. 7
Issue Date: April 20, 2004
Publisher: Mellanie True Hills, The Health & Productivity Revitalizer
The Healthy Living Newsletter focuses on optimizing your life, health, and work.
We just returned from a family vacation. It was several weeks long, which is a bit longer than what we usually do.
We travel in our motorhome, and spent several days enroute, soaking up local scenery. After a delightful week visiting relatives in
we took our son on a college visit at our alma mater, and then dropped by the
coast for spring break.
The pristine beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore were truly spectacular. Nearby was a fabulous seafood restaurant--we had a lovely lunch on their patio overlooking the beach, and returned again to enjoy the sunset.
Traveling in a motor home is tranquil, allowing the mind to wander while you're a passenger. For me, it provides the best 'think time'. Life is relaxed, and you see the country from a perch high above the traffic. I could live that way!
At home in
it rained a lot while we were gone. We returned to thick, green grass (about a foot high) and lush, full trees. The native wildflowers--vibrant red Indian paintbrushes and luxuriant bluebonnets, our state flower--are in picture-perfect bloom everywhere. When I take nature walks, everything seems more beautiful and idyllic.
I'm also now more focused and productive, and everything seems effortless. Did vacation change my perspective, or did I change? I came back full of ideas, and the energy with which to execute them.
What about you? Have you taken time off to reset your perspective, or have you made plans to do so? You can't afford the time? Think again--can you afford not to?
Americans tend not to take all our vacation, unlike the Europeans. Some of us just can't find time to take off; others fear what will happen when we return, such as whether there will be a job to come back to. Of much more concern should be whether failure to get away, to reset and revitalize, could lead to diminished effectiveness and health. This failure to take vacations may be one reason for our high level of health issues.
Take the time. It's not necessary to go someplace expensive or special--just get away from your routine, and your stressors.
One such stressor for many of us is the mountains of e-mail that we receive. Should you check it while you're gone on vacation? That's a matter of personal preference. You may prefer to pull e-mail while on vacation, so you don't stress out about dealing with an avalanche on your return; or you may prefer to stay away, and deal with the onslaught later. I used to be in the first camp, but after stress-related heart surgery, I've moved into the latter--plowing through it when I return seems less stressful than spending vacation time on it.
If you haven't gotten away recently from work, and e-mail, it's time to get going. You need the time to focus on what is truly important to you, think about your future, and plan where you want to be. When you come up with the answers to those questions, write them down and focus on them. That resets your perspective, and puts you on the road to making them happen!
You might be surprised at how much easier things are once you have that fresh perspective!
Please help me write my book by answering a quick question. Just select the link below that most closely reflects your feelings, and you'll see a new e-mail with that answer in the subject line. All you have to do is send it. Feel free to add your comments, such as what you do to reset your perspective, or what kind of vacation you like to take. Thanks for your help.
I always take regular vacations as they are important to me
I try to take regular vacations, but sometimes must reschedule
I just cannot find time for vacation
Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Mellanie True Hills
The Health & Productivity Revitalizer
Speaker, author, consultant, and coach
Mellanie coaches individuals to create healthy lifestyles and works with organizations to create healthy, productive workplaces.
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