Take a Break
by Carl E. Carey, Jr.
Stress is taking its toll on people around the world. In fact, much of the illness that is dominating people's lives has a connection to how stressful life has become for them.
When you really think about the times that you are under tremendous amounts of stress and pressure, it is difficult to think clearly and your productivity suffers. Our attempt to force ourselves to "keep going" ends up backfiring because ultimately we are unable to give our best efforts to the tasks we are involved in. We are simply too tired and too frazzled to give it our all.
Recently, I decided that I needed a break. The demands my everyday responsibilities had caught up with me and I just needed some time away from my normal routine. My wife, daughters and I packed up and left home for a six-day family vacation. Just going away for awhile has been good for all of us. We feel more rested and the change of scenery has given us a different perspective. My wife and I are now ready to resume our daily duties and I am confident that we will be more productive than we were before.
When I'm away from it all, it gives me time to think, time to reflect and time to plan. I'm able to go back to my daily grind more prepared to effectively deal with the breadth of the responsibilities I have. The break benefits me in a number of ways. My decisions are well-thought out with greater focus. My attitude is better. My outlook is more positive. I think to myself, "Maybe I should have taken a break sooner!"
I realize that for many people reading this article that you may think that you "can't afford" to take a vacation. I would respond to you by saying that you "can't afford not" to take one. Your physical health and emotional well-being are on the line. Do whatever it takes to give yourself a break. Save $50-$100 per month until you can afford a long weekend get-a-way. If you can't do that, take a long, scenic drive one day or do something special for yourself that will take your mind away from the stress in your life.
In God's Word, we see that even He rested! After creating the world, on the seventh day, He took a break (Genesis 2:1-3). God rested and maybe He was purposely sending a message to us that we need to relax some too.
Focus on yourself and take a break. When you don't give your mind and body the break they deserve, they are more likely to breakdown on you. Be good to yourself and take a break so that you are able to effectively handle your life challenges and responsibilities.
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