I’m a little excited – no I’m a lot excited!
Tomorrow, I’m jetting off with my husband to Tokyo where we will pick up a 14 day Fall Foliage Cruise of Japan with Princess Cruises. About this time last year we were heading to Spain and Italy as part of my 60th birthday celebrations and I wonder where this year has gone.
If you read my Virtual Coffee Catch Up posts you will see that I like to keep busy. I have a full life – my choice – but sometimes that can take it’s toll and I need to remember that life is more than blogging, volunteering, spending time with family and grandchildren, running and keeping fit.
Phew I’m tired just reading that last paragraph!
In addition to a busy life, my husband has been through some stressful times with health this year and although he is fine now, we both need some quality time away together.
We all need time for rest and relaxation with a little adventure thrown in for good measure. Our health and well being depends on us taking care of ourselves and knowing when we need to slow down or take a break.
The cruise has a number of ‘at sea’ days so plenty of time for relaxing as well as discovering Japan when we are in various ports of call.
Why taking a break is important for our health and happiness
As I prepare for my vacation I am thinking about why we need a break and the benefits. I’ve compiled my top four reasons and perhaps you can add to the list.
1. The need to step out of our world for a time
Life is hard, let’s face it! Everyone can get caught up in the stresses of life so taking time to step out of our individual worlds gives our body, mind a spirit, the opportunity to rest, recover and recharge.
2. Clear the mind and restore the soul
Taking a break from technology and day-today living clears our mind. We can actually think, or not, ponder, or not. We relieve our mind and soul of the pressures that technology can bring to our lives. We can feel free and actually break the habit of checking in on social media too frequently.
3. Enjoy a new environment or new experiences
Taking a break provides the opportunity to explore a new environment or experience. Some of us like to laze by the beach with a good book, or travel to explore new cultures.
4.The opportunity to re-discover yourself
Taking a break provides the opportunity away from ‘your world’ to examine who you are. You might surprise yourself by trying new things or just take the opportunity to reflect on life, where you have been, where you are now and where you would like to be.
How do you know when to take a break?
Your mind and body will tell you – so listen.
My blog, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond is my passion so I’m feeling a little disconcerted about not posting over the next two weeks. I know that quite a few of my blogging friends have taken their Summer vacation from blogging and when I think about taking the break I have to admit I feel some relief.
That tells me that I need to take a complete break and recharge my creative batteries.
So my friends, apart from scheduling posts for the Midlife Share the Love Party link up, you won’t be hearing from me until after October 17.
I’m so looking forward to relaxing on the ship and also discovering Japan and it’s culture. No doubt, I will have some stories to share with you on my return.
I might pop the odd photo on Instagram or Facebook but that will be the extent of my connection with you all.
I have my Capsule Wardrobe packing list, passports and documentation are ready and now it is just a matter of getting to the airport on time.
Take care everyone and I look forward to reconnecting with you when I return. See you on the 17th!
Have you plans to take a break and recharge? Perhaps you should be thinking about one.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!