5 Reasons Why You Need Vacation

Bruneau Sand Dunes, Idaho

Growing up, going to Wal-Mart was our excitement. My family never took vacations and my parents rarely travel. But, there is a reason why vacation time is a thing. People NEED to and SHOULD go on a getaway at least once or twice a year. Here are 5 benefits to going on vacation:

  1. Reboot your mind– Exposure to new images, sensations, and ideas have a positive impact on the way you think and what you think about. This can improve mental health, work performance, and home life.
  2. Reduce Stress– Vacation can be a beneficial temporary distraction from the daily grind. No matter what you do, at work or at home, you can hit burnout if you go too long without a real break.
  3. Enhance Relationships– A vacation can mean bonding time together. A vacation can also bring color to relationships that aren’t on the trip with you by giving you more to add to conversations and a positive mood to share with others.
  4. Improve Your Health– Stress is bad for your overall wellbeing; a vacation can reduce stress levels. Often vacations include increased physical activity like walking, hiking, or other adventures. Decrease stress. Increase physical activity. It’s a win-win!
  5. Broaden Your Knowledge– There is so much to learn out there from new roads, different cultures, or local histories. You may learn about and experience new foods and flavors. You may make new friends and learn about them and their perspectives. The world is full of interesting and exciting things!

BONUS: You deserve it! Life is full of difficult challenges. The world can be a hard place to live and cope with personal and global struggles. Everyone deserves a good vacation. Where do you want to go?

Wisdom in Self-Talk

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Reading: Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:5

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.

 “When you are around a critical person, the kind who finds fault with everything, you can set limits on your exposure to this person’s constant criticism. You can change subjects, rooms, houses, or continents. You can leave. But what if this critical person is in your own head? What if you are the person with the problem? What if you have met the enemy, and the enemy is you?”

-excerpt from “Boundaries” by Dr.Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Sometimes listening to our own counsel is an unwise decision. The enemy within often says things that our friends would never think or say: “You can’t do it. You are ugly. You aren’t smart enough or good enough”. We must constantly fill our minds with wise counsel so that we will give wise counsel to ourselves.

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. This includes how we talk to ourselves.

Reflection:

If you struggle with negative self-talk, please insert your name in the blank, and meditate on these statements that are based on scripture.

_______________________ can do all things through God who gives him/her strength. (Phil. 4:13)

_______________________was created in the image of God. (Gen.1:27)

God knows the plans for __________________________, they are plans of peace not evil. God gives _____________________a future, and hope. (Jer.29:11)

Prayer: Lord, help me to give myself wise counsel based on the wisdom of the scripture that you have given me.