We can all agree that it’s been a strange year. Between a pandemic, working from home, and an election, life has changed. While the year has pumped the brakes on life for many, it has also added different stressors. At times, it can seem hard to actually step away from the job with a real vacation. However, if you want to have a good balance when it comes to work and life, it is necessary to plan that next vacation in order to ensure you are operating as your best self. So if the social media world has got you down or the emails and Zoom meetings are beating you down, it might be time to plan your next getaway.

Where Should Your Next Getaway Be?

As travel opens back up more in the months ahead, having a planned escape can help reduce stress. But where do you want to go? Someplace warm? Or has this past year taught you that home is where it’s at? Wherever you go, it’s important to find a place that fits your personal style.

Vacation Helps Manage Stress

Here’s the deal. Whether or not you can actually leave town should not stop you from scheduling some type of mental health break this year. The benefits of pausing your normal life far outweigh the common sense behind keeping pace with your inbox. Taking a vacation will not only increase your productivity, but it will also help you manage stress and improve your overall mental and physical health.

Be a Better You Post Vacation

When it comes to vacation time, stepping away can improve your focus and increase your productivity. While it may seem smarter to manage the workload as it comes in, your time away can sharpen your mental abilities to tackle your tasks. With all that has happened this year, it’s helpful to avoid burnout, and studies have shown that just the act of trip planning can give you a mood boost. But be sure to pick a destination that fits recommended practices, as well as your personality. No need to return home stressed out from your vacation plans.

THings to Remember

Taking a break does not mean perusing social media, so it’s important for your overall health to step away. However, if you are able to physically step away, be sure to consider where you’re going. No need to tempt your security clearance fate with your location selection. Additionally, with increased cyber threats, be sure to manage your personal cybersecurity plans while traveling.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.