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Learning to relax ... take a mini vacation

Let me start with two dissimilar stories.

  1. Mr. Wilson is a brilliant hard-working manager. Within a short span, he has risen to a top position and became SBU head. He almost daily attends a number of meetings & parties with his various clients & VIPs with lots of alcohol and rich food. His day starts at 8 AM sharp but there is no fixed time for ending, sometimes midnight or even later. Even then, he carries a lot of homework in his briefcase and he keeps thinking about the next day’s work. His life goes like this and by the time he is 40, he found a new place for relaxation – The Intensive Care Unit.

  2. Ramnath is a lazy clerk in a government office. He has a secure job with a fat undisclosed income but a nagging boss (according to him!) who keeps on finding fault with him. This makes him tense. On the way home, he fights either with the bus conductor or with a fellow passenger. Reaching home, he shouts at his wife, beats children and picks up a quarrel with the neighbour, all for very minor reasons. He has no time for relaxation.

What is common between these two persons? They simply do not know how to relax. What is relaxation? It is simply the state of mind. Vacation, irrespective of mini or long, is supposed to provide you with this relaxed state of mind.

In my book, “10 Feel Good Factors”, I had written about “Relaxation and leisure” as one of the important feel-good factors. You feel better when you are relaxed. Hence, it finds its place on the list. However, as leisure is best enjoyed after hard work, avoiding work is never recommended.

You may find many people working even during vacation, which is supposed to be meant for relaxation. If we are so tightly tied up with work, how can we find the opportunity to relax? ‘Learning to relax’ becomes predominately important here and let us discuss a few of its important features:

  1. Vacation starts with managing the time and finding an opportunity to relax. Just follow a suitable and easy ‘Time Management Technique’ so that you get ample of them

  2. According to some people, vacation is a leisure time affair but factually it can also be a health recovery remedy and prevention of many occupational diseases

  3. Vacation never interferes with the profession if managed well. The vacation time should not get turned into alternate working hours. If it happens, it would lose its healing property

  4. Better not to go for a vacation if it fails to rejuvenate us


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