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Do You Need A Vacation From Your Vacation?

August 23, 2010

At Integrative Nutrition we certainly believe in having a career that you love and feeling energized by the work that you do. However, no matter how much you love your job, we all need vacation time to reboot! In a recent Huffington Post article, they suggest that most people go on vacation but don’t actually end up resting their body and mind in the ways that they need to.

Relaxation is a critical part of being a successful and productive person. Generally when people are overloaded with work and family obligations they are not able to perform to their highest potential. Here are some of our tips on how to really relax on your next vacation (even if it is a “stay-cation”).

1.      Stop checking. This includes, but is not limited to: watches, cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, emails, your favorite blogs, even the news! The world will go on without you and that’s okay. Set your out of office reply and let everyone know that you are taking time (even just a day) to yourself.

2.      Sleep. As much as you want to see and do on your vacation, take this precious ooportunity to add rest to your relaxation time. 

3.      Start moving. For many of us, work includes staying in one place for a long period of time. When on vacation try to get your body moving in ways it isn’t used to. Go dancing, biking, hiking, sky diving, and walking.

4.      Engage yourself in your new surroundings. Even if you are just staying home, go somewhere in your area that you’ve never been. Don’t try to see every single tourist attraction, but when you do see something new, appreciate it.

    How do you relax on vacation?