Vacation and Relaxation
Last Thursday sitting on a sandy beach watching the waves crash, I felt the warm sun on my skin. My dear friend, Jen, was beside me and we were catching up on events and laughing. We see each other only once a year because we live in different states. Jen and her family are wonderful hosts — taking me to the best bar-be-cue joints in the south, watching funny movies, taking me for a ride on their boat in the fresh air, and welcoming me to their home. The time seemed to go too fast before I returned home on Sunday to my routine after a long weekend getaway.
I confess that I don’t take enough vacation time.
Today it’s National Relaxation Day. As a country, Americans need to be reminded and given permission to relax. My training and logic tells me the value of vacation and relaxation improves well-being and happiness at home and work. Yet, I join the statistics of unused vacation days. (Harvard Business Review, July 13, 2016)
I did an experiment between appointments this morning. I had about 3 hours free. Usually I fill my time with “productive” things like bookkeeping or writing. Instead I took a challenge and went to the movie theater purchasing a ticket and a box of overpriced candy. I wasn’t feeling relaxed rather I felt robbed of over paying. But I stuck with the experiment. It was easy to find a seat since it was early in the day. The movie previews started with the volume blaring. I began to sink into my seat anticipating a good movie. (I almost forgot the movie I came to watch because the previews are so long. But I stuck with the experiment.) The show was endearing and sweet and I enjoyed laughing even getting teary during certain scenes.
My data doesn’t necessarily reflect relaxation instead I feel scandalous and disappointed in the results . It appears my data is inconclusive and another relaxation day or vacation is required sooner rather than later.