What a great time of year. It's the most popular time of year for vacations and time off. Don't believe it?, just try booking a campsite!
No doubt this relaxing time of year can, in part, be traced back to the work and sacrifice of our great, great, great grandparents, their families, communities and living with a deep sense of purpose. I don't think it's coincidental that our National Holiday and many other national holidays in countries that we have common heritage with, are, in and around this time of year e.g.,
- Canada Day, of course (July 1st)
- Independence Day, USA (July 4th)
- Bastille Day, France (July 14th)
This history has also provided a framework for Ontario manufacturing. As an adolescent growing up in St. Catharines, I would see General Motors do their shut down in the first two weeks of July each year. GM's feeder plants and suppliers would also go out to chill and vacation.
The face of manufacturing in Ontario has changed but Oxford County remains strong with companies like our very own Cami Automotive and Toyota Motor Manufacturing. These companies and many of their subsidiaries and suppliers retain the traditional shut down schedule. I have several clients who work work at these companies thoroughly enjoy forgetting about work for a while this time of year.
Vacations and time off is a perfect time to rest, relax, reflect and look forward. How well we have recovered during a vacation and how clear we are on what we want (or don't want), together with the right plan, is the key to getting excited about what is next (even if it is going back to work). From there it's all about maintaining our energy until we achieve our goals.
We all have things that are important to us and that give our lives meaning. Recognizing this is a key part of what I do. And at Steele Health + Wellness Centre you have a resource, services and treatments that will support you, while keeping first things first and moving toward goals that are right for you (even if it is booking another vacation:).
Make no mistake about it, your well-being is my commitment.