Living a life in fast-forward speed can easily become "normal." I, myself, have been one of those people who felt I had bragging rights for successfully multitasking. Through practicing and teaching yoga and reading spiritual/philosophical books, I have learned the importance of slowing down, listening to our bodies, and resting--without judgment of ourselves--or others, for that matter. This is something I try to reiterate to participants in my yoga classes and hope that it is one idea that they take off the mat and out into their daily lives.
Because I work in a school setting, ten months of the year I am in overdrive--doing the best I can to slow down and rest occasionally. In my mind, summer vacation is a necessity for those who work in a school setting. It allows us to come back to school in the fall, refreshed, revived, and ready to give our hearts and souls to our students once again. I realize most professions don't get a summer vacation. However, I do encourage listening to yourself and your body and recognizing when you need some down time or fun time. So, schedule your own little summer vacation...you deserve it!