A man was busy cutting a tree with a saw. He was sweating, and had spent a long time cutting the tree because his saw was not sharp. A passerby asked him to sharpen his saw at which the woodcutter said, “Don’t you see old man, I’m busy cutting this tree. I do not have time.” The old man replied smiling, “If you take few minutes to sharpen your saw, you would be able to cut in less time without more energy.” What can be concluded from this story is that at some point in our busy lives, all of us need rest and a change of routine. The importance of holidays cannot be ignored and they can give us distance from the busy hectic environment around us. Holidays give us a ‘timeout’ where we can reduce anxiety and stress levels by just taking some time to ourselves to relax and reflect on our lives. Many things suddenly become crystal clear when you are away from your daily routine and a holiday could give you the chance to make decisions that may have felt more complicated at home. The time spent away from home can focus you and help you achieve your goals. Take some time to set targets for when you get back and think about what it is that really makes you happy. Many of us have our work and social lives out of balance, and get caught up in the monotonous 9-5 routine. Taking some time to yourself, away from the office, is crucial and can even improve your performance when you return to work. In terms of our health, taking a holiday can improve both our mental and physical state. Going away recharges our batteries and leaves us feeling happy and bursting with energy. Rutgers University in the US has reported that trying something new whilst we are on holiday boosts the levels of dopamine in our brains, flooding it with pleasure. Even shopping somewhere new can improve our moods! Holidaying near a beach can improve our health a great deal. While swimming can burn off almost 400 calories in just half an hour, walking up and down the beach in a natural outdoor environment significantly boosts self esteem. The benefits of taking a holiday can be considerable if you spend your time away in a positive and healthy way. You don’t even have to venture far from where you live or spend a huge amount of money. Just taking a week away to concentrate on yourself will create significant benefits for both your mental and physical health. If you still have concerns or worries when you return, then Psychic Light can help. Whether it is worries with relationships, career or your health then talking to one of our readers can give you the extra clarity that you need and guide you onto the right path. Whatever you are doing this summer we hope you come home with a new sense of direction and hope.