A couple of days ago I mentioned a book I was reading that outlines ways to be your most productive, happy, healthiest self. In my post, I had said something about how the book mentioned that sleep is the best way for you to take care of yourself. I also said something offhanded about that not being very ground-breaking information. I would like to retract that now because, while still not the most complex advice in the world, it seems that many people are not following it. People today, on average, are getting less sleep, taking shorter (or no) vacations and are generally running themselves ragged. In our modern world, people report feeling an increased demand on their time and attention and as a result feel drained.

As I have been reading entries to the blog contest (which I am loving – keep ’em coming!) and listen to people day-to-day, I am struck by how many vacation-deprived people there are out there. I realize there are many serious and legitimate reasons for not taking vacation that range from financial to family obligations to not having the time. I know it isn’t always practical to take time away from work, family, health problems, etc. but it may be something you can’t “afford” not to do.

I have read several books and listened to some podcasts that say vacation and/or taking true, relaxing breaks can be the best way for you to work smarter (not harder), have better relationships, live longer and generally be happier. I realize that I am not the most qualified person to make these suggestions (I’m no doctor) but I personally feel the positive effects of taking a nap or getting away for a little bit on my energy, my productivity and my attitude.

I also understand that I am fortunate enough to have generous vacation time and the financial resources to go places. But, your vacations and breaks needn’t be elaborate, long or expensive to give your mind, body and spirit a chance to rest. My wish for all of you out there who are weary, tired and just plain burned-out is that you are able to find a little time soon to let yourself rest and rejuvenate. For whatever it’s worth, I give my personal guarantee that you won’t regret it!

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