Managing Stress Through Vacations

Antarctica J&K

Vacations are a fun, relaxing way to get away from the hustle and bustle at work. They help to de-stress the body and mind while simultaneously recharging both to handle the rigors of the road ahead.

Studies have shown that stress can cause serious health problems for those that choose not to address it. Taking regular vacations can help reduce stress by melting away accumulated strain and tension. They also have the potential to increase longevity and make someone a more productive person both on and off the job.

Here’s how Arizona District Safety Specialist Kirk Lenertz manages his stress.

“Last month I went on a 10-day expedition to Antarctica with my wife. We started the adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina which is the southern most continually inhabited city in the world. We made the 600 miles Drake Passage crossing in two days and then spent five days along the Antarctic Peninsula making three landings on the continent.

“We were unable to post any postcards because we did not go to any of the research stations in the area we travelled. The furthest south we got was 65 degrees south which was 90 miles from the Antarctic Circle and 1150 miles from the south pole. On the two-day return to Ushuaia, we experienced 35 foot waves after leaving the South Shetland Islands.  A memorable trip filled with wildlife including whales, seals, penguins and albatross in addition to magnificent scenery.

“This trip completed my quest of setting foot on all seven continents and was my 90th country I have been to in my travels.”

Vacations don’t have to be expensive to be effective. A weekend stay at a campground, lake, beach, and other natural places of wonder can be fun and relaxing without taking a large bite out of a budget.

Where were some of your most relaxing vacations?



  1. My favorite and most relaxing vacations on a cruise ship going from one port to another, seeing new places, doing things I would never get to do at home and absorbing the history.

  2. Anonymous

     /  May 22, 2013

    One of my favorites was when my supervisor went on vacation… everyone in our building had a vacation !!

  3. Jonn

     /  May 23, 2013

    I’d love to go on a cruise someday and tour other countries, but it sounds so expensive. How much would a week-long cruise cost?

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