Has it been a while since you last took a vacation? Maybe some of the following signs sound familiar!

  1. Last time you took a trip, Julie McCoy was your cruise director. (Or for the younger set, last time you took a trip, your favorite ride was Toad’s Wild Ride.)
  2. Your co-workers and clients make you want to gouge your eyes out (and the feeling is probably mutual).
  3. Your daily motivational quotes from Dr. Seuss and Teddy Roosevelt have morphed into profanity-laced, misspelled memes that you stole from a stranger on Pinterest.
  4. You can’t remember the last time you had enough time to wind down from work enough to actually enjoy and appreciate the time off.
  5. After reading the title of this post, you asked yourself, “What’s a vacation?”

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to schedule that vacation!

  • Don’t procrastinate booking that trip, even if it is just a few days to relax and unwind. Don’t want to go away? Make it a staycation!
  • If you don’t have any vacation or personal time, try to make the time you do spend at home more about you and the things you do outside of work. When the work day is over, make it really over. Shut off work email on your phone or tablet; turn off your “work” brain as much as you can.
  • Remind yourself what you’re working for, and learn to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Pay more attention to your [insert important person/thing/activity here], whether it’s your partner, kids, pets, parents, plants, house, schoolwork, social life, hobbies, beliefs or whatever makes up your life outside of work.

And if you don’t have a life outside of work, see the list above for places to start!

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