Is Vacation Really Vacation Anymore?
The countdown is on until vacation with my husband. I’ve got exactly one week to get loose ends tied up and details delegated so that I can disconnect for a week. But I can’t shake this haunting feeling that it’s impossible to truly disconnect. In fact, sometimes I feel like vacation is more work before and after I’m gone.
An article entitled “Traditional Vacation Is Dead. Long Live Vacation” in Fast Company affirmed my fears,
“There are a number of studies that indicate that vacation isn’t a surefire way to eliminate stress. In fact, it can sometimes mean that a worker returns to the office more stressed, which has been my experience if I don’t engage for short periods of work time now and again to keep up with my work flow.”
The article also says,
“thanks (or no thanks) to handheld devices and widespread Internet access, the reality is that for many workers it’s hard to turn off. According to a recent Good Technology survey, 57 percent of respondents checked work emails on family outings.”
Support like this can lull my achiever nature into making excuses for why I can’t fully disconnect from work for a few days. I hear the excuses start to play in my head,
“It’s just too busy of a season”
“I have to keep up with email”
“I really need to check in every day”
But as much as I am tempted to believe my own excuses, I can’t reconcile them with God’s design for us to rest. Rest is part of God’s design for us. It’s part of the rhythm that keeps us healthy and more importantly dependent on Him.
How do you truly rest on vacation? (I may need a few tips!)