I’m on vacation this week, but my blog isn’t. Each day this week I plan to round up archived posts that share a common theme. Today, in honor of my butt being in a beach chair enjoying sunshine and margaritas, the theme is work-life balance, why it’s important, and how to get more of it. Continue reading Vacation Roundup: Work-Life Balance
Pretty much the best thing we did on our trip to Puerto Rico earlier this year was book a snorkeling expedition through Paradise Snorkeling and Scuba in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. I really wanted to snorkel in Puerto Rico’s famous bioluminescent waters, and this company had exceptional customer reviews.
The reviews were dead on. I would recommend these guys without hesitation. Continue reading Vacation Recommendation: Paradise Snorkeling in La Parguera, Puerto Rico
I would probably never have thought about Iceland for a vacation, but in early 2012, Icelandair offered an incredible travel package between Boston and Reykjavik. I just couldn’t say no.
We went for just under one week in February 2012. The trip package included our direct flights (around 5 hours duration), our hotel, and an expedition to climb a glacier, eat lobster soup, and chase the Northern Lights. While prices within Iceland were expensive, with casual dining feeling more like upscale dining at home price-wise, the entire trip ended up being quite affordable. More importantly, it was very memorable and one-of-a-kind. Continue reading Friday Funday #3: Travel Destination, Iceland!
Flexible work schedules are awesome, but they also have a dark side. As someone who works from home on occasion and can sometimes flex her schedule, I know how easy it can be to blend the boundaries between work and personal life. Different balances work well for different people. For me, I am more effective at work and happier at home if I can set up a dividing line between the two and really be “off” sometimes. Regardless of your preference, it helps to have some control and oversight of your work and personal tasks.
Here are three things I do to better maintain a work-life balance: Continue reading Three Tips for Better Work-Life Balance
This post has been auto-scheduled to appear on my blog. I’m not here posting it, because I am on a beach (or possibly by the pool, in a cabana, or napping in a comfy hotel bed). And you know what? This is a good thing for my work and well-being. Some awesome vacation facts include:
- People who take vacation are more productive at work?
- Seriously–it’s true.
- Taking vacation also helps prevent job stress and burnout.
- Going on vacation makes people a little happier–and remembering their vacation keeps that happiness going.
- If a vacation goes well, it will make you happier than a material purchase will.
- A vacation is a good example of renewal between stressors, which leads to growth.
For all of these reasons–plus my love of traveling–I just can’t understand all the Americans who don’t use their vacation days. I consider it my duty as a psychologist and an employee to use mine well. I hope you will too!