These past two weeks that I have been on vacation, I have learned a lot about the importance of self-love. It doesn't just have to be in the form of giving yourself confidence or buying yourself something new. It can also be in the form of disconnecting yourself from the world. In the end, the only thing that matters is that you are giving yourself love.

I find that we're so busy running around, working, learning, interacting with others, etc. that we don't take the time to take care of ourselves. Since I have been on vacation, I literally haven't done one thing. I have spent my time spending time with family members, eating, watching movies, and sleeping. And I can honestly say I have never been more relaxed. It's made me realize that more people in the world need this. They need time to just relax and pamper themselves.

Since we are always running around doing something, sometimes we do not notice the damage we are doing to ourselves. That damage can be physical, mental, or emotional. I have met people that are always on the run that they never eat a simple home-cooked meal or that are sick but don't take a day off because they believe they HAVE to go to work. No, sometimes it is necessary to just stop and take a day off or more than one.

I used to believe that if I took a day off from work I would be fired, my boss would be mad, or that I'd inconvenience my coworkers. Then I became aware that everyone else took days off without feeling bad, why didn't I? I had to start telling myself the world will not collapse if I missed a day of work. And for anyone who was like me and doesn't believe that, then maybe it is time to start looking for a new job.

In the end, all that matters is that you are healthy. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Take that vacation. Take the day off. Don't answer your phone for a day. Sit down and eat a home-cooked meal. You will be happier and stronger. Your body will also thank you.