Friday, August 13, 2010

Holiday Happiness

When was the last time you had a holiday?  A real holiday?  Away from the house, the cleaning, the cooking, the pressures of everyday life?  A holiday where you could just spend time with your family immediate and/or extended.  Was it recent or you can't actually remember?

Regular breaks away are what I like to call Recovery Breaks and they are a really important part of our overall wellness picture.  These breaks not only get us out of our usual environments but also creates an opportunity to reconnect and bond with those important to us.

So what constitutes a recovery break?

A recovery break can be as little as a long weekend away right up to a good few weeks away.  The purpose of the recovery break is exactly that.  To recover.  To help heal our mind, body and soul.  It is not about being a crazy tourist and trying to see everything you can in 2 days then switching to a new location.  It is about slowing down, appreciating being alive and being surrounded by those you love and care about.

A good friend of mine went on a recovery break recently.  They didn't travel very far, or anywhere fancy.  The intention was to relax, unwind and spend some quality time together as a family.  Out of their recovery break came 2 more relaxed parents, some revelations on their family's direction and the values they want to instill in their children going forward.  How cool is that?!

Yes it is easy to exude happiness and relaxation without the pressures of daily life when on a recovery break.  However don't you think we owe it to ourselves and our families to invest in that kind of recovery at least a few times per year?!

emit your life!

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