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Tips for Timing Yourself Out
Dr. Dale V. Atkins, April 2015

Are you overdue for time off? Vacations are supposed to be time away to restore and rejuvenate, but it is becoming harder to accomplish this if we insist on being away with a cell phone or iPad or laptop. Whenever we do manage to get away, we need to be sure to take some real time for self-care. We can begin by losing the schedule we follow when we are at home or at work. We can create a vacation schedule that is filled with only those things we really want to do that will relax and refresh us. A dictionary definition of Vacation is "a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday."

Here are some tips to guide you:

Travel and Relax. - Take time on the plane or train to read for pleasure, listen to music, or just enjoy the view of the clouds. Bring an eyeshade to relax and DO NOT work on the laptop. You can make it your goal to arrive at our destination relaxed and ready to explore.

Set a Different Pace. - Try a slower pace. Plan a session at a spa during a busy tour, take time to study the types of offerings and carefully select and plan time between activities. Listen to your body. It will guide you towards what you need. It's best not to book every moment so that there is room to be spontaneous.

Tune In to the Natural World. - When we tune out the links to the digital world (turning off cell phones, tablets, and laptops) we are more available to "connect" with people and "be" in the environment.

Taking time to restore ourselves happens when we take time off. It allows us to return with a new and refreshed point of view which benefits us and others in our lives.

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