So I am back from my vacation. Believe it or not this is the first time I have ever gone away for a vacation. Until now I had always thought that time off was a vacation. I now know that this is not the case. Over the last decade and a bit my "vacation" has always been free time at home by myself, and while this can be relaxing, it is not really the refreshing time off that has been described to me by others.
This time however I went away! I visited my girlfriend in Toronto! I had not been to Toronto since I was 8 years old, so this was a new experience for me. And while I did the basic touristy things, I also figured out what a vacation is supposed to be. I didn't think about work. I didn't worry about phone calls and emails. I took the time to be myself and experience some of life that I don't often get to see.
Now that I am back at work, i do feel refreshed and refocused. I am not feeling the pressure that sometimes gets to the point where it makes you want to snap. If you are reaching a point where you feel in danger of saying something you will regret at work, it is best to ask to take a day off or use your vacation time. I now understand why vacation time is necessary and I am glad that my bosses insist that we take the time.