Phenomenal Friday-3 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation


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This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday  series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on  Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.


Vacation is something we think about during the summer when there are near perfect weather conditions or during a school to occupy the kids and to help parents maintain sanity. Bahamians live for holidays and shooting the breeze. Personally, I would like to take a six-month vacation twice a year.

All those in favour, say I!

The weekend is just not enough, it doesn’t lend enough time to get your brain functions level to a comfortable place of mental stability because before you know it, Sunday is gone and Monday is beating your door down. I’ve been both self-employed and a 9-5er and the only difference between the two is that you get to set your own hours, the same amount of work goes into both, with maybe 110% going into your own business. The mater of a fact is though, even a self-employed person needs a break from it all, to clear their mind and regroup their thoughts. When the mind is tired your thoughts become cloudy, your thinking becomes erratic and judgement impaired.


Here are  3 reasons why you need a vacation

1. It brings your stress level way down
The first day of my vacation is discovery day. I’m reconnecting and rediscovering myself because my mind is not frantically trying to figure out what’s waiting for me on my desk at work or what task I should do first. Next to financial worry, burnout from work is a major cause of stress. But when you take a break all the stress melts away, at least for the few weeks you’re on vacation.


2. It improves productivity
Think of how great you feel coming back from a vacation. All levels of exhaustion down to a minimum, you’re not snapping at everything that moves and the huge improvement in your decision making gets an A-plus. Not only are your stress levels down; your overall health and wellbeing will be vastly improved as well. I’ve never heard someone say they wished they had never taken a vacation. But they do second guess their job.


3. It opens your mind to new perspectives
Going on vacation is like walking into the food store after they’ve reshuffled the shelves, you literally have to explore the entire store to find what you want, yes I know it’s a gimmick to get you to buy stuff you don’t need but it also increases brain function because the mind has to now readjust and take in the new layout. Exploring a new country or city opens your mind to a whole new perspective, just as in the newly reshuffled store,  any new environment makes the brain readjust and gain a better vision of the world around you and you can finally see it through a holistic approach rather than a pessimistic approach; giving you a better attitude to take back to work with you, helping to keep you grounded while you plan your next vacation.


Vacations aren’t a means to run away from everything. It’s a means to give yourself a break from the norm and recharge your batteries. So where are you off to next?


~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Richards

9 thoughts on “Phenomenal Friday-3 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation

  1. Etta D, I love this contribution for Forgiving Fridays! Vacations are such a great way to recharge and nourish ourselves with love. ❤ Especially perfect post for the topic of my last Forgiving Fridays on vacation and a blessing. I hope you are taking excellent care of yourself and giving yourself much nurturing, acceptance and love.

    I had a beautiful vacation – Spain and Portugal. Just got back last night. Keep smiling, Etta!
    I'll have a look at your other contributions now. What a gift to come back home to.

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  2. Thanks. Theoretically I could move Stephen but he would have to stay with me. I’d have to assume full-time care for him since in order to get services you must be a resident of that state for at least a year. And there is such a shortage of group homes, services and programs in addition to nation-wide budget cuts that it is best that both Stephen and I stay in New York. One of the great things about New York is that it tends to be more progress and inclusive in terms of serving its people. The south. Well not so much.

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    1. Like I said you steps will be guided and I see that they have because you have thought this out. You will also get you warm weather vacation so you will escape the brutish Winters of NY. xxxx Have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. If I could I’d take a 3 month vacation to somewhere warm during the New York City winter months. NYC winters are brutal and it would be good to be in California, Barbados or in some tropical climate and return mid-April when the snow and ice are gone. In the meantime I take staycations. I used up all my Annual Leave time for 2017 so no more time off until next year. However if all goes well and my income increases I’m eligible to retire around October 2018. My Dream is to be a Lady of Leisure, Just taking photos and spending more time with my brother Stephen.

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    1. I love that! A lady of Leisure. Have you ever thought about moving to Florida? Aside from Hurricanes the weather there is pretty nice. I love your plan and I’m sure everything you desire will come to Fruition……Have a wonderful weekend. xx

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      1. Yes. I have thought about Florida but I can’t drive so I’m staying in New York city. Plus I can’t move away from my brother Stephen. Public transportation is a must for me. I don’t want to depend on people to drive me around so I’m staying in the Big Apple.

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      2. I understand. But Florida has pretty good public transport, not trains or subways just buses, taxis and Uber. Miami does have railways but not like NY. Will they allow you to move your brother out of State? A college mate of mind, her Mum was in a facility down there but we’re talking about 80’s.
        However, you will be guided by the most high which path to take 🙂

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