Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation

Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation

Mental Health Association of Colorado would like to offer the following tips to make your vacation mentally healthy. Where you go on vacation, what you choose to do and how long you stay tell a lot about the kind of person you are -- and the kind of person you'll be when you return. Before you make any plans, here is some advice about taking vacations:

A good vacation is one which lets you "get away from it all," and leave the responsibilities, routines and demands of everyday life behind. The more vacations and long weekends you can take the better. The most mentally healthy aspect of vacations is the release of pressure, rather than the duration. Vacations also bring opportunities to discover new experiences, see new sights and gain new perspectives on your life, family, job or school.

Even if you can't take a trip away from home, take a few days off at home to give yourself a break. Take a day off work and have a picnic. Get a babysitter and spend all day catching up on your reading. If there's someone who needs constant care in your home -- a sick child or elderly parent -- make other arrangements for them for a day or two and give yourself a break. However you spend your time off, use it to enhance your own mental health.

The Mental Health Association of Colorado (MHAC) is a non-profit education and advocacy organization committed to promoting the mental health of all Coloradans, increasing public understanding and acceptance of people with mental illnesses and fostering the delivery of the most appropriate and effective services to individuals in need.

The preceding information was provided as a public service, compliments of:

Mental Health Association of Colorado, Inc.
6795 East Tennessee Ave., Suite 425
Denver, CO 80224
Phone: (303) 377-3040
FAX: (303) 377-4920

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