We need to work harder about working smarter – by not working all the time.
When one of my nieces called and asked if we wanted to meet at the beach, we decided it was time to take a vacation. It has been a long time since we have had a six-day getaway.
Not taking time off from work or your daily routine comes at an expense. In recent years studies have brought a mountain of research about the costs of burnout and overwork and the benefits of unplugging and recharging. Escaping the daily grind is good for your mind and body.
Studies show that people who take time off – even just for a few days – have a lower risk of heart disease.
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The only problem with getaways is they don’t last forever. We ended up with 11 people at the beach house. What a fun time: no sleep and too much to eat and drink, but it was wonderful. I think on vacation you are supposed to power down. Not us. We powered up.
It was fun overindulging, watching football on TV on the beach, staying up until who cares every morning and walking on the beach, laughing 24/7.
God willing, I hope we can do this again next year. I hope there will be the same countless moments of love and pure fun. I want to hang on to this oh-so-rejuvenated feeling until next year.
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