Breaking away for a weekend often can be a life saver

Posted on Sat April 20, 2013 in Vaalnest Spa & Health.

People break away to the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel in Vaal Marina, Vaal Dam because they want to relax in the tranquil surroundings at the hotel.

Breaking away for a weekend often can be a life saver, a recent study has shown.

“A lot of people are having a more difficult time finding balance in their lives because there have been cutbacks or layoffs where they work. They’re afraid it may happen to them, so they’re putting in more hours,” says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD, co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life.

“But even if you don’t have much control over the hours you have to work, you can ask yourself: In what other ways am I bringing greater enjoyment into my life?” Brooks says. “Focus your time and attention on things you can control.”

When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge.

Book  a date night with your spouse or a break away weekend with friends. You’ll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel.

“It helps to be proactive about scheduling,” says Laura Stack, a productivity expert in Denver and author of SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best. “When I go out with my girlfriends, we all whip out our cell phones and put another girls’ night out on the calendar for 1 month later.”

Stack also plans an activity with her family, like going to a movie or the park, every Sunday afternoon. “We do this because if there’s nothing on the schedule, time tends to get frittered away and the weekend may end without us spending quality time together,” she says.

Seems to me I have to write down a few appointments in my diary!