Recently Greg and I blocked off a weekend, packed up the car with food, wine, and our dog Theo. We took off work and spent a few days in the woods without service. The two of us knew this was a much needed time for a getaway, but in the days following, I realized how truly beneficial it was. In this blog post, I share my perspective on why it’s important for a change of scenery. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged to either make time for yourself, you and your significant other, or your family.
Switch Up Your Routine to Avoid a Rut
Personally, I’m someone that thrives on a routine. Straying from a plan and order triggers my anxiety. But, on the other hand, I love a good adventure and to go somewhere new. I’m still working on finding a healthy balance, and our latest trip was a small step for me to get there.
By planning this time off in advance, I was able to switch up my day-to-day and avoid it impacting me in a negative way. By only scheduling this trip for several days and going somewhere we knew would be fun and relaxing was key.
On the flip side of all this, falling into a routine without finding time for change can also have a negative impact. For anyone like me who is treading this fine line, you understand what it’s like to get bored of what you’re used to doing. It can create a sense of panic or push you to make irrational decisions. Making this a priority can help anyone prevent this and live their best life.
Recharge Your Mind, Body, Soul, and Relationship
Besides the necessary break in structure, a change of scenery can do wonders in terms of recharging your life. When I got home, I felt rested, clear-headed, and lighter. And since Greg and I were able to take time away from distractions and focus on each other, we had an even better week together.
Because of this, we have plans to do something similar in the spring. This may seem easy, but for people with our personalities and schedules, it can fall by the wayside.
Paid Time Off is Nothing to Feel Guilty Over
So far with the reintroduction of Mess in a Dress, I’ve only briefly touched on my professional experiences. But, this post ties perfectly into one of my biggest struggles. I’m still only 26 and have been in the real-life workforce for only five years. However, I’ve been on a roller coaster of guilt when it comes to taking time off. In fact, this summer was the first time I took real PTO for something fun.
I realize this isn’t healthy and I’ve had to take several steps to figure out why this is a problem for me and to put it in the past. Guilt and dedication to work have always been strong parts of me and they have been fueled by a number of positions with either a poor PTO policy or culture. Finally, I’ve found myself at a company that truly means what they say when it comes to PTO. So, I’ve used this to my advantage to work on this.
So, I’m here to say Paid Time Off is nothing to feel guilty over. I’m telling that to myself and to anyone else that needs to hear it.
What to keep in mind while planning for a change of scenery…
– If it’s winter, find somewhere with warmer weather. Don’t forget your sunscreen, but a little vitamin D during the cooler months is so good for you.
– Personally, I loved this recent trip because it gave us the excuse to exercise in nature. Find somewhere to hike, run, bike, or walk – whatever you’re into!
– This trip was also especially great because we didn’t have any cell service. Most cabins won’t, so this was perfect for what we needed.
– Do you want to bring pets or not? I think both kinds of trips are fun. We loved being with Theo, but sometimes you need to take a break from responsibility.
This post has outlined a number of benefits taking a vacation, no matter how small, can have on your life. If you enjoyed this post, that makes me so happy. And I’d love for you to drop a comment below with any of your favorite ways to change things up. I’ll see you next time. 🙂