Like many of you, I took off work this week. Out of all the holidays I believe Christmas time is like no other. The burdens of work and life should be dialed back if they can. This leisure time is good for you. I got to thinking about just what it is about vacations that can be a reset a mans life, and why if you can, you should schedule time off.
When off from work, you’re not thinking about deadlines or things that need to be done. You have more time to reflect on yourself, your choices, and your goals. You can catch up on things you’ve been delaying. For me, now with Christmas over, I am getting ready for the 6+ months of body building I’ll be starting in January. I’m thinking about what financial things I’m going to need to cover in 2018. Im thinking about what thing I want to do with the wife and kids. When you’re in the daily grind, these things can slip away from you.
Relaxation and Health
Pretty obvious but as we kill it all the time, it can be taxing on your body. Stress can lead to weight gain and loss of sleep. Use your vacation time to give your body a rest. Don’t go overboard and just lay on the couch for a week, but downtime is key here.
Also, I know people make a ton of excuses on vacation to eat like shit and get shit faced. A night of drinking or one crappy meal wont kill you, but don’t go overboard.
Time With The Family
Between work, school, after school activities, homework, house/yard care, meals, it can seem like your kids are just going through the motions as you are. While home with them, take them places, spend time with them, play with them. You’ll definitely appreciate this time and these are times your kids will remember. Even a day watching holiday movies or playing board games can be a lot of fun for them.
Once bedtime rolls around you can use the night time to do “extra” activities with the wife. If you can find a babysitter, use this an an opportunity to go out with your wife. You don’t have to spend a fortune but you can have a really fun time grabbing dinner together just as a couple instead of mom and dad.
I hope you guys here are enjoying this time of year as much as I am. After the new year, I’ll be posting regularly again. Have fun guys!