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Short Vacations Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

Updated on January 14, 2013

There are times when you feel so stressed that you say to yourself you wish you could take a vacation. If you are like me, you make all the excuses in the world why it’s not a good time for a vacation. You might say you can’t afford it or you don’t have the time off from work. These are reasons we have for not taking a vacation, but the reality is, we can take a vacation if we really are motivated to do so. I think when we think of a vacation, we think of a two or three week vacation in the Caribbean or flying to Europe or Asia, but there is something to be said for taking a short vacation. Sometimes two or three days away from home is enough to re-energize and de-stress.

Recently, my husband and I decided to take a short vacation because we needed to get away, but didn’t have the time or money to take a long vacation. We took a cruise to the Bahamas. We took a five day cruise to Nassau and Coco Cay on Royal Caribbean. It was very inexpensive and all inclusive. We spent five days relaxing on a cruise ship being waited on and pampered for five days. We spent our days relaxing and enjoying the ocean and the ports of call. I thought to myself, this is something we could do whenever we feel the need to de-stress without breaking the bank, but yet feeling like you been away for a couple of weeks.

Another relaxing short vacation is driving to one of your favorite spots and staying in a hotel for a couple of days. Many times hotels have discounts during the year that you can take advantage of. During the year always pay attention to the travel section of your local newspaper. There are sometimes great rates for nice hotels for short stays. Also, if you belong to a wholesale club, they sometimes have travel discounts. Automobile Club of America (AAA) also has many travel discounts that may be affordable.

The point here is that taking a short vacation can do wonders for your mental health. It gives you a chance to escape for a few days and gather your thoughts and relax. Affordability is surely an issue for many of us, but from where I sit, this is money well spent. Every now and then your mind and body needs a break from our hectic lives. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to pamper yourself sometimes by taking a short vacation. You may want to go by yourself or with some of your friends, but the time is now to stop making excuses as to why you can’t do it and decide that I am worth it. You will return feeling rested and refreshed. With a fresh and renewed self, you are now ready to face the many challenges that lie ahead. Treat yourself to a new adventure and make a promise to yourself to take a short vacation whenever life becomes overwhelming. I guarantee you won't regret it.

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    • NayNay2124 profile image

      NayNay2124 6 years ago

      Esmeowl, it's so important to get away every now and then. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      There was a time when we would go camping at least one weekend a month (it's harder to do it now). It was so nice to get away even for just a couple of days.