- Mental Health
Balanced Living: Vacations From The Ordinary Relieve Stress
When I was sleeping all cozy out in the fresh night air I thought of nothing but how great I felt just being in a very different place. There were new things to see, great food to taste, and many things and places to explore. How fantastic.
The first night I was back after my vacation, I turned on my sound machine so I could get to sleep. Instead of the beating heart, the rain storm, the waterfall, or the insects in the forest, I chose the sound of waves rushing in and out of a sandy beach. I opened the window and let the breeze blow in. I was right back where I came from.
Tonight I'm going to add to the feeling that I'm still there by using a tropical face and hand lotion, as well as a coconut spray.These things are a great way to get more mileage out of your vacation. Maybe you were only there for a couple of weeks, but you really can keep that relaxed feeling for a long time after you're back
.Keeping scents in the air that remind you of your vacation, eating foods you ate while you were there, and lounging around the house in the style of clothes you wore, can all help to keep the "I'm away," feeling. Then while you're feeling this way you can go to work, run errands, go to the gym, or whatever and feel great. As long as you keep reinforcing the sensations you really liked when you were away, you'll feel free from the pressures of daily life. Think about it. You could come home, don a tropical print shirt, have some sweet and sour chicken, and a Mai Tai out on your deck, all while you're watching you're dog splash around in the pool
. What's so different about being on vacation? Isn't it the fact that you don't have to worry about deadlines and stress. Well, just tell yourself you're not going to obsess about things and actually try and get things done in an orderly manner and you'll be fine. That is you'll be able to feel good about taking breaks, and about relaxing when you're not working.This sounds like some kind of game you'd be playing with yourself, but it's not. It's just focusing on what helps you relax. After all, that's the point of vacationing anyway whether you enjoy activity or lounging.