Do You Need a Vacation?
Stress can sneak up on us in all kinds of different ways. Usually, it’s a gradual build of unease, then irritability, then the next thing we know, anything, anything sets us off. When you’re literally vibrating with stress and anxiety, a friend will gently inform you of what’s already obvious to everyone else in your life: You need a vacation. Sound familiar? Take your first steps toward wellness now and find out how a break from your routine can help get you back on track.
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Have you had back or neck pain recently?
That’s a red flag. Unless you’ve injured your back or neck, there’s no reason it should be hurting.
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Do you often have headaches?
Tension headaches are another sign of stress and anxiety. Not just a little stress. Chronic stress, the kind that can become serious. See if you feel better after your vacation. If not, time to see a HealthLynked provider.
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Do you find yourself snapping at people or blowing small issues out of proportion?
You’re losing your perspective, probably because you haven’t stepped out of your regular pattern of thinking. Poke your head up and see how the rest of the world is getting along—your problems won’t seem so bad anymore.
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Are you sleeping soundly through the night?
Trouble sleeping is a classic sign that you’re overworked, anxious, and need a break.
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Are you making a lot of errors or having trouble remembering things at work or home?
This is a sign your brain is exhausted, but more sleep isn’t necessarily the answer. Rest doesn’t always mean sleep. Time to clear the cobwebs. Go somewhere you’ve never been, try something you’ve never done. Your brain will thank you.
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It’s hard to feel excited about anything.
When you do the same thing day in and day out, you’re going to get bored. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel when you introduce some new stimulation.
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You can only think about work.
This fixation isn’t healthy, not for the body, not for the mind. Snap yourself out of it by giving yourself something different to think about. Like that trip you’ve always wanted to take. Unless you’re saving lives, no job is worth your mental health.
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You’re late for everything.
It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re not taking joy from your life. Why would you want to go somewhere that’s not fun to you? Shake up your routine, and you’ll be able to take pleasure out of the things that once mattered most to you, like your personal relationships and your work.
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You’re making bad choices.
If you can’t remember the last time you didn’t have that after-work drink or sugary stress snack, then it’s time to reorient yourself. These unhealthy choices will catch up with you in the long run.
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You can’t seem to have fun during your downtime.
It should not be hard to enjoy your life! If all you can do at the end of your day is put yourself to bed after an unsatisfying TV dinner, then get yourself on the next flight somewhere before it’s too late.