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I Need a Vacation – Gotta Get Away

I Need a Vacation – Gotta Get Away

What We Expect Vacations – we sure look forward to them. Whether it is an action-packed adventure, lounging on the beach with a good book, a spiritual retreat, educational discovery, or anything in-between when we go on vacation, we expect to come back…different. Restored, rejuvenated, revitalized, re-focused, or even reinvented, we often have expectations about what the vacation can do. A heavy row to hoe for those vacation fairies! Why We Expect So Much It seems like the speed of life is accelerating. I remember in the 1990s when faxes were introduced to the workplace as a regular means of sharing and communication. My executive secretary was concerned. She felt that the expectation for an immediate and quick response fed reactionary and less thoughtful responses. I often wonder what she would think of the evolution of mail to fax to email to text to Instagram! (Even the name implies immediacy!) Regardless of our life circumstances, many long to escape the stress of daily living… and for good reason. We know that too much stress can hurt us. According to the American Institute of Stress, chronic stress can impair our immune system as well as our ability to respond effectively to inflammation. This in turn can impact our ability to be adequately protected by our vaccinations and to fight off the impact of degenerative diseases. Furthermore, chronic stress can reduce our production of telomerase which can lead ultimately to a reduction in our longevity. Bottom line – chronic stress reduces not only the quality of our lives, it also impacts the length of our lives. No wonder we feel the...