'A vacation is a break you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking'..
Interesting quote and a concerning sign of the times..
Why do we wait until we are totally burnt out to take time for a break? And is that time then spent truly relaxing, being in the moment and experiencing happiness with where we are and who we are with?
What would happen if we planned a mini break, say every two or three months, nothing extravagant, just step away for a weekend and slow down, with friends, or alone?
I love going down the south coast, even in the middle of winter when the wind is shifting the sand, and the ocean is wild. Waking up down there, walking the beach as the sun comes up.. just divine.
I think a lot of us don't consider smaller, more frequent breaks because there's the perception that it has to cost a lot of money.. it was a challenge for us with 5 kids so we had to get creative, and camping was usually the most affordable (and fun) option.
What's it costing you by not taking regular breaks? What's the cost of being so burnt out and exhausted that there's little enjoyment in doing a big 'once a year' break? I mean the cost to your health and well-being, relationships, and quality of life.
Do you take mini breaks? Where do you go? What do you do?
From time to time, take time for you, until you are you again.
When do you have your next break planned?
Are you a 'once a year' family/individual like my husband and I used to be? It wasn't until we stopped the hard slog and realised that we simply had to prioritise the short weekends and make them happen no matter what, that we saw the immense value in them.
Having something to look forward to is so great for your mindset and well-being. A short road trip, camping, even mini-retreats, they will all benefit you so much more than holding your breath until the end of each year.