We All Need Time Away. Time for Ourselves.


time away

A friend of mine goes to his cabin each quarter to spend time away from his family and business, working on his business and taking time to think. We all need time away to recharge and rest.

One place where I rest my soul is at church. I’m not a fan of large crowds or lines, which is why I attend the smallest church service. But this time allows for me to decompress over the weekend. (I might also binge-watch a Netflix series to relax.)

I confess that the best place where my soul rests is outdoors – oceans, beaches, mountains, or even walking rolling hills of South Dakota. Maybe it’s because I live in a big city with all the hustle and bustle of traffic, work, phones, computers, etc.

When it comes to getting away and vacations, I no longer take a seven-day getaway. For me, I don’t even start to decompress until the fourth or fifth day, and by that time, I’m already thinking about all the stuff I need to do once I return.

That’s why I no longer take short vacations. I view them as short getaways, just repositioning for a few hours. I made a decision a few years ago, when I go on vacation I don’t go for less than three weeks, otherwise, I’d rather not go. Anything shorter than that and I can’t truly decompress and rest.

Where are you most at ease and relaxed? Make retreating to this place a priority.