Written By: Preston Thompson
My family and I went on a weekend vacation to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and let me tell you…it was a much-needed vacation. Daily life is very demanding and routine. Wake up. Get ready. Commute to work. Work 8 hours or more. Take an hour lunch break. Go back to work. Go home. Cook. Clean. Get the kids in bed. Clean again. Go to bed. And repeat. Before you know it Monday turns into Friday, and Friday becomes the weekend. Suddenly, that two-day weekend is over before it truly started. Then we repeat the same routine. The hustle and bustle of the workweek can take a toll on our physical, mental, spiritual, and self-health. Trying to cram in what little time we have for ourselves during an 8-hour workday can be impossible especially if one’s life is filled with other activities outside of work hours. We are constantly living for the weekend only to find ourselves getting ready for the new work week that follows.
Before I tell you to take a PTO day (that will come in a later blog), I must ask this one question. Does your life feel routine even on the weekends? If the answer is yes, perhaps it is time for a weekend getaway. A weekend where you take yourself and/or your family and friends on a vacation away from your home, apartment, town, and city. As soon as you get off work on Friday, get your clothes packed and getaway to another town or city and do not come back until Sunday. It does not have to be far or expensive. Just a change of scenery. Trust me, it makes a difference and will make you happier.
There is nothing wrong with a weekend staycation at home but think about it. You go to the same home every time you get off work. Your home/apartment is demanding because it needs to be upkept. You know where everything is and that can become boring in time even if you rearrange your home during spring cleaning season. Same goes to getting away to the same city you live in or nearby. Its many activities can become boring due to the fact its in the same city.
If it is possible, go on a vacation to a place you have never been to for just a weekend. Or revisit a different town or city and do things there that are different for a new experience. A change of scenery is what we all need to getaway from our routine lives.