#ygkChallenge: Plan a Vacation

Plan a Vacation, YGK ChallengeWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Plan a vacation. Let’s face it most people need more time to relax. Work can be demanding, the to-do lists are endless, and someone else needs us whether it’s kids, parents, or friends. The responsibilities are large and it’s very easy to find reasons not to. This week, I challenge you to plan a vacation. It doesn’t have to involve getting on a plane and flying to the Caribbean but it does have to include pure relaxation time. Taking a vacation reduces stress and the risk of burnout, and improves immune system functioning, which is ever more important now that cold and flu season is upon us. Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated has also been shown to improve intellectual function. Did you know that Canada ranks third last in paid vacation time and that many Canadians do not use all of their vacation days? Considering that the average person is allotted two weeks that means most people are spending less than 4% of their year on vacation. It’s time to kick back, relax, and unplug!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Rosa Money for today’s photo.

Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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