Recently, one of my blogs on Huffington Post, The Secret Lives of Doctors, went viral, with over 93,000 “likes.” If you missed it, you can check it out here.
Most of the comments were awesome. Some were just funny. Real people have no idea how rare it is for us to take any real time off.
It started me thinking about vacation time, and how important it is for all of us.
Time away from the office is a vital part of my self-care regime. It gives me an opportunity to unwind, relax and remember why I do what I do.
When is the last time you switched your dial to vacation mode, or at least slipped away from the office for a few days?
You know you’ve waited too long to go on vacation when:
- It takes you 5 out of 7 days to disembark from your day job so you can start enjoying your one-week vacation.
- You bark at your significant other for minor transgressions because you are both too tired to see straight, let alone make a coherent argument on who is right this time.
- For the first 3 days, you literally sleep day and night, even though you are in one of the most beautiful places on the planet on a “grown ups only” vacation.
- You realize you forgot to pack essentials like shorts and swimsuits for warm temperatures and time at the beach.
- You realize how far gone you are on about day 4 and vow to plan your next vacation before you return home.
- By day 6 of your vacation, when you finally feel human again, you feel a twinge of guilt because you really don’t want to check your phone or laptop to check on things at home.
- You don’t remember how you are getting home from the airport until your plane starts its descent.
You work hard serving others all day, every day. Isn’t time you play hard for yourself?