5 Reasons to Take a Work Vacation

Don't Take Your Blackberry to the Beach (At Least, Turn It Off)

When was the last time you took a work vacation? Are you one of those working moms who brings your laptop and Blackberry with you to the beach or the mountain cabin?

If so, you need a work vacation! Not only does your body crave the work vacation to reduce your stress level, your family deserves your focused attention. You can only provide that when you take a true work vacation.

I'm not trying to provoke working moms guilt, since I too have trouble unplugging from work. Instead, I'm hoping to inspire you -- and myself -- to live a more balanced and healthy life with these 5 reasons to take a work vacation.

1.Kids Learn From Your Work Vacation

Our children are always learning from us, including the lessons we wish they'd ignore. The toddler who pretends to pump breast milk and dash out the door to work is simply mimicking your routine.

How can you chide your teenager for ignoring you in favor of a video game if you're always checking your iPhone for work messages? When you put away the PDA during dinner or a work vacation, you're teaching an important lesson about good manners -- in addition to modeling work-life balance.

Our children will never believe they're our most important priority -- which they are -- unless we show them that we can put work aside to meet their needs. When you take a true work vacation, you're teaching your children that there are higher priorities in life than your job.

2.A Work Vacation Restores Balance

Daily life can feel so chaotic and frenetic. We need a work vacation or two every year in order to reorient ourselves and reestablish our sense of perspective.

Instead of dashing from crisis to crisis and juggling conflicting projects, on a work vacation you can stop watching the clock and just be present. For yourself and your family. It's a gift for your children that only you, their mom, can give.

When you return to the press of work, you'll bring with you that sense of balance and larger priorities. That makes it easier to say no to less urgent tasks and spend more quality time with your family.