Americans are overworked, sick, and tired. The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet according to the latest global health report, we have "the highest rate of people with multiple chronic conditions and an obesity rate nearly twice the OECD average."
In addition to being the only industrialized nation without legally mandated vacation, Americans spend more of their weekly hours at work than people in most other countries, and they work more on the weekends. Americans who have PTO, many do not use their apportioned days off because of perceived financial and temporal pressures (West et al., 2021).
Decades of correlational research show vacations have immediate benefits-improving health, creativity, and happiness.
Vacations offer a "break" from the routine of day-to-day life.
According to a recent study, treating weekends like vacations can lead to more attention to the present moment and increased happiness throughout the weekend. Consistent with mindfulness's emotional benefits, the study conducted three experiments to support this finding.
The results showed that when people treat their weekends like vacations, they pay more attention to the present moment and experience more happiness, which carries over to Monday when returning to work.
Researchers identified an accessible and easy way for individuals to improve their happiness = treat the weekend like a vacation.
Picture yourself enrolling in an online course structured like a two-day vacation at home. Similar to a vacation, a retreat offers an opportunity to step away from the busy routines of daily life and prioritize wellbeing.
'Restore and Renew with Care Outdoors' is a retreat-style course designed to enhance self-care and includes simple yet profound mindfulness practices, noticing nature activities, reflective journaling, and green exercise to improve your wellbeing and prevent burnout.
By prioritizing self-care and fully immersing yourself in this retreat-style course, you'll have a deeper understanding of nature connectedness and mindfulness, create a plan for daily connection with Nature, and strategies for bringing care outdoors.
Not only will you be a more effective and compassionate care provider and engagement professional, but you'll also experience the immediate benefits of improved health, creativity, and happiness.
It's time to take a well-deserved break and prioritize your wellbeing.
Schedule your two-day retreat beforehand, and ensure you can be present and fully immerse yourself in the learning content.
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West, C., Mogilner, C., & DeVoe, S. E. (2021). Happiness from treating the weekend like a vacation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(3), 346-356.
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