There’s a season for everything. There are periods of hard-work and relaxation. And unfortunately, we’re not always great at managing stress during those periods of hard-work. We should all take a break at appropriate times in our lives.
Sometimes the best thing for your health is slowing down and taking a break. Traveling and acquiring new experiences is perfect for this. This doesn’t mean you should go on an extravagant or long vacation (though they are nice). Small vacations can revive you too. Do what feels right for you.
A vacation full of exciting experiences enriches the soul. They’re worth every penny. And hopefully you can take them before you get burnt out.
Or maybe you’re already burnt out…
It’s important to become aware of the red flags that tell you to slow down and take a break.
Something Doesn’t Feel Right
We’ve all been through periods of extreme boredom and lethargy. Your day-to-day activities might be so mundane and repetitive that it seems like you’re in a daze.
Recently, I saw a friend walking down the sidewalk towards me. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the cotton-candy clouds sporadically covered the sky above. It was a busy street.
But his head was down and he looked haggard and worn-out. He was completely unaware of his surroundings and didn’t even recognize me approaching. It was sad.
And I think this happens to a lot of us…we get so busy and caught up on a certain routine and forget to be grateful and present in the moment.
But being fully present and engaged in the moment is what makes experiences special and memorable. And no, we don’t NEED to go on vacation to shift back into equilibrium. But I’ve found that the exciting experiences you have on vacation helps reawaken your soul.
And sometimes taking a break from the busyness of life and going on an exciting vacation jolts you back to the present. You start engaging with the world and others with passion. You have clarity. And you become realigned with your purpose and with what’s important to you.
Most people are self-aware when something doesn’t feel right. And if you’re feeling off, it may be time to take a break and go on vacation.
You’re Stuck in Your Head
My friend that was walking down the street was so stuck in his own head that he was unaware of everyone around him. You may say, “What’s wrong with that? He’s just minding his own business…he’s not bothering anyone.”
True. But it’s also a sign of stress. He’s become so worn-down by his obligations and responsibilities that he’s lost touch with others. We can get so caught up in what we need that we become unconcerned about other people’s experiences.
And I’m not blaming you! We’ve all done it. I’ve done it a lot.
But once you gain back a level of empathy for other people’s experiences (and become less concerned about your own needs) your soul starts to come back to life. You begin to see things from a different perspective.
Going on vacation gives you an excuse to rekindle this. You’re forced to interact and engage with others. You start seeing things from a different vantage point. You laugh and smile more.
Bad Habits and Your Health
When we’re stressed out and unhappy, bad habits begin to form. These habits will vary from person to person… from consuming too much alcohol to distancing yourself from your loved ones.
What’s your default behavior when you’re stressed out?
Some people become so stressed that they even start developing health issues! This is one of the most obvious signs that you need to slow down.
Your sleep quality may decline, and physical pain may surface. You may also find that you’re finding it difficult to concentrate.
If you know this is you, don’t endure it too long. The consequences can be huge.
Take a Break to Prevent Burnout
It’s ideal to prevent burnout from occurring in the first place.
Psychology experts tell us to take intermittent breaks in-between sessions of hard work. For example, after working for an hour, you may take a 15-minute break.
It seems like you’re losing momentum when you take a break. But if you don’t, you can get less work done long-term.
I think the same principle applies on a bigger scale. When we go too long without immersing ourselves in exciting and new experiences, we can get burnt out from our day-to-day routines. And the stress can manifest itself in some ugly ways.
Your soul craves enriching and exciting experiences. And if you’re able to travel before burning out, you’ll continue to have a healthy progression in life.
But if you choose to ignore these signs or are unaware of them, your quality of life can degrade over time.
Traveling somewhere and having these experiences can help resolve this low energy and lethargic behavior. Experiencing new things will give you a different perspective on life. It’ll encourage you to be more grateful. You’ll acquire perspectives that could help you solve your challenge back at home. You may become realigned with your purpose and rekindle that passion you may have lost.
Slow down and take a step back. No matter how counter-intuitive it sounds, it’ll help you move forward.