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Aruba 2013 Neil Bonnie and AmandaQuestion… Do you ever feel a little overwhelmed by what you have to do before you leave on vacation?  When you’re away do you know how to relax, or are you the type of person who is stressed and worried when you take time away from your business or corporate job? If you do find yourself stressed, now is the time to make a change by fully embracing the idea that you can feel refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated while away from your post and still maintain the feeling upon your return. How wonderful it would be to completely unplug!  Yes, it is possible and you can do so with the confidence of knowing all is well because you’ve taken the time to cover all the bases before starting your new adventure. The calm and peace is well worth the work you will put in beforehand. It has taken me years to do so without guilt so that I’m fully present for my family and friends, and I now return feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. If I can relax… YOU  can too!

hut aThis amazing snapshot is just part of of what I experience when I go to vacation with my family on the island of Aruba (which is only about 21 miles), located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. The island may be small but because there are no distractions, it is the perfect place to unwind. My favorite place in Aruba is the Casa Del Mar Resort (where my favorite lounge chair resides lol).

Yes, it is possible to relax as you enjoy your vacation and also being committed to your health and wellness. Being away is no excuse for not taking care of your body, and being very conscious of what you are eating and drinking. Decide before you go that you will relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and also maintain a balanced lifestyle while on vacation. Make sure to incorporate some peace and quiet. Running around can take its toll so make it a point to be still, relax, and clear your mind.

One great way to do this is through exercise which reduces stress as you burn calories, improve cardiovascular health, and improve circulation through your entire body. My rule is no lounge chair until I do some type of exercise, whether it be an abs stretching class, water aerobics, a walk on the beach or doing laps in the pool. Make it your rule too and your body will appreciate your healthy choices. You are wired with alerts that will tell you exactly what your body needs, you only need to stop and pay attention. Remember to simply have fun when choosing your activity. If you have had never taken classes while you are away, you will be truly amazed how enjoyable it is to burn calories while on vacation. You will just feel good all over. I know this because for years because I sat on my lounge chair simply reading a book or listening to the music when the class was taking place. Now I participate. I’m so glad I made the plunge! Once I work out, I do my best to do it early in the day then I could be free to find my lounge chair and then have the rest of the day to chill out.

It’s also very important to start early to build a relationship with your associate or team members, a reliable person you can trust that you believe can manage your everyday tasks while you’re on vacation so you will be confident and not have to worry your job or business.

Simple Tips How a Busy Professional Can Unplug And Enjoy Vacation

Prepare in advance:
Make a list of important procedures and information. Devise a plan before you go away what you desire to happen if certain situations occur and communicate with your team. This way you know that you did all you could to have things the same as if you were making the decision yourself, the day it occurs while you are away and not in the office. It is also a good idea to go over important matters with your clients in advance of your departure. They really appreciate you being in touch with them and you also don’t want them to take their business elsewhere.
Create a way to communicate with your office:
Most times it’s not necessary to take your business with you when you travel; however your chances of a worry-free vacation are much improved when you are able to check on what’s important for you. You can bring a lap top, an iPad or have access to a cell phone.  Nobody says you have to be on call day and night and not enjoy your vacation but it’s important to be able to communicate if something arises. When I travel, I monitor the stock market periodically through the day by listening to talk around the pool or a quick look at CNBC on the TV. I mostly use E mail as a way to communicate with my team, but I purchase an international cell phone if direct communication is necessary.
Decide what an emergency is and under what circumstances do you want your replacement to contact you while you’re on vacation? Be clear about your expectations. Meet with the person who’s going to be backing you up and see what concerns she or he has. Having someone else be in control of things for brief periods, even if it’s just a day, will give you both the chance to see how things go and work out the details of your “away” plan.
Keep your commitment:
What are you responsible for that you promised you would get done while away?  Do what you say that you promise to get done while you are away.  When you can be trusted people desire to do business with you.
Always have a backup plan:
Start early to get what you promised done so you can keep your word, responsibility and your promise. For example, the responsibility of writing and article for a blog post while away. I learned your battery can be low on your computer, or a part brakes and you have no access to your hard drive. Send your files that you are using to AOL, G-mail, Hotmail, wherever your email is, so you can have access.  Realize your personal files on your computer such as word or excel you will not be able to access but you will be able to get what you send to your E mail accounts.
If you are little more computer savvy, back up your files to a small flash drive which are very inexpensive, easy to use and convenient. With a flash drive you are able to have a back up to your own files from your home or office computer for reference without an internet connection.
Your own personal health is important:
Clear your mind. You are worth more to your clients, employees, and yourself when you rejuvenate, refresh, relax and have some fun while on vacation.  Take a few days and step away from your daily habits and routines. If you are anxious, wound up and challenged by having to relax, stop for a moment reach out to a friend for support. Remember someone would do the same for you.  Your friends have words of wisdom that will calm your thoughts. Don’t forget to say ‘Thank You’ and show your appreciation.

You matter, so give yourself permission to take the time off and rejuvenate your brain, rest your body and change your routine. A vacation is a period of time you experience different things, not do more of the same. The time away will empower you to move forward with clarity and a renewed purpose.

Remember to take full advantage of what is available when it comes to technology so you can achieve a worry-free vacation. Your chances of enjoying your time away are greatly improved because you prepared in advance and are still able to keep tabs on situations and deal with the challenges, if they arise. A vacation is a refreshing necessity and well deserved for everyone. When you prepare in advance, create clear communication, institute a backup plan and incorporate a commitment of trust so you will find that the return home will be much more enjoyable.  Getting to take a vacation in the future will be a whole lot easier and rewarding.Aruba 2014 my family

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