Vacationing and Women’s Health

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Most women today are extremely busy!  Many of us are juggling a full-time job, caring for children and maybe even caring for our aging parents.  Not to mention getting our children to all of their different activities, trying to stay in shape, taking care of our spouses, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and driving carpool.  It can be exhausting.  Keeping this hectic pace day after day can leave us feeling run down, cranky and depressed.  If you are over the age of forty, you may also be dealing with hormonal changes that can make it difficult for you to get the rest that you need.  It is no surprise that the rates of depression in women are much higher than in men.

Although the Internet is a wonderful invention, there are downsides to being plugged in all the time.  Even when you are technically away from work, you are never really unplugged.  With cell phones that are actually small computers and Internet access everywhere, it is tough to get a break!

That is why getting away from it all can be so good for your mental and your physical health.  Being unplugged and spending time with your family or even alone may be just what you need to reduce your stress, re-charge your battery and give you the strength to go back to your very busy life.

With the recent financial crisis in the United States, many families are struggling and taking a vacation may seem like a frivolous expense.  However, your vacation does not have to be to an expensive and exotic location.  Even a weekend away at a destination near your home can be just what you need.  Actually, you do not even have to leave your home.  You can have a “staycation” in your own home.  You can stay in your pajamas all day, take a walk, take a bath or read a book.  The point is to be unplugged and to break from your normal routine.  However, if you are going to take a vacation away from home, consider leaving that laptop at home and turning off your cell phone.  After all, if you are just doing the same thing you do at home at a different location, what is the point?

You may find that getting away from it all for just a little while can help you to be more productive at work and happier at home.  So what are you waiting for?  Start planning that vacation now.  You could use a break!

Posted on the Behalf of Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.