I just returned from the best vacation ever! (Note: I feel that way after every vacation because I love to experience new places and things.) This one was especially good though, I was ready to sell my house and move to Arizona. I felt like a million bucks and wanted that feeling to last forever.
Americans are often funny about vacations – we don’t use our vacation time, when we do we feel guilty and any vacation bliss we achieve is short lived because when we return we’re right back to our habits of overwork and underplay. I realized on this last vacation that there were distinct elements that made it better than ever and many of those elements could be infused into my “real” life.
I invite you to notice why you loved your last vacation. What made it relaxing, fun or peaceful? In short, why was it good?
Here are some things I noticed:
- No cell phone or internet – I kept my phone off for the week and it was so relaxing. In everyday life it’s unlikely we can be unreachable for weeks at a time. We can however, turn our phone off during meals or turn off some of the alerts.
- Connecting with like-minded people – I met some incredible people who, like me, were looking to destress, be mindful and learn new ways to cultivate wellness. We can infuse conversations about what matters to us into dinner table discussions. If your partner or kids are uninterested, look for friends or groups whose mission aligns with yours.
- Self-care – This is so important and many of us save it for special occasions. Plan and budget for the activities that allow you to slow down and restore. Whether it’s massage, yoga, meditation, or Reiki, make it a regular priority. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day makes a positive difference.
- Someone else cooking and cleaning – Admittedly this one can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a full staff! For meals, plan ahead and make extra, so you have food on hand for busier days. For cleaning, five minutes before you shut down your work day clean off your desk and make a list for the next day. At home, take a few minutes before bed and wash the dishes and manage any clutter.
You deserve to feel like your vacation-self more often than not. Don’t wait for time off, instead make a conscious effort with small changes each day that allow you to relax and recharge.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! How are you extending your vacation? If you’d like help creating balance and wellness, please reach out, I’d love to work with you.