"Vacation used to be a luxury,
but in today's world it is a necessity."
This morning I received an email from a reader asking me if I could provide some insight on the concept "vacation is a state of mind." I thought to myself: What a great topic! I should write a post on that! Lately I've been craving a vacation. Dying for one, in fact. Work has been busy, life has been busy, and the thought of relaxing (preferably on a beach) and doing absolutely nothing thrills me. However, seeing as I just went on a vacation last month, it doesn't look like a getaway is in my near future -- which is why the concept of a "vacation state of mind" is so interesting to me right now. Thinking about it has made me realize that you don't have to travel to be on vacation; you can, in fact, be on vacation anywhere.
Sounds like a nice idea, right? But in theory it's a bit trickier than just saying you want to have a vacation state of mind. It's not easy, with all of life's distractions and stressors, to feel that ease of mind that comes with being removed from your routines and finding solace in relaxation. In fact, it's downright difficult do so at any given moment. For this reason, I've come up with some tips to help myself (and you!) get into a vacation state of mind:
5 Ways to Embrace a Vacation State of Mind
1. Break away from routines. Repeat after me: "I am not my routines. My routines do not make me." Okay, maybe you're nothing like me and you scoff at the idea of having a routine (aka, boring) life, but I love my routines. Adore them, in fact. However, they are one of the first things to go when I take a vacation. Hard as it might be to part with them sometimes, I always feel relieved to have let them go and to relax more into the moment, forgoing (even just for a day or two) my beloved patterns of life. Breaking away from routines when not physically forced to do so can be difficult, but it's possible -- and essential to embracing a vacation state of mind. If you want to launch yourself into vacation mode, assess your routines and determine which of them you could use a break from for a little while. Don't feel like you must abandon them -- just vacate them for a little while.
Though we would all probably love to be on an actual vacation right now, it never hurts to give a vacation state of mind a try. It's a great way to not only feel relaxed, but also to gain a new perspective on what's happening all around you. Just like a real vacation, a vacation state of mind can help you to feel rejuvenated and can help you to dive back into your routines feeling refreshed and motivated. For more on the benefits of taking a vacation (or embracing a vacation state of mind), check out this article: Take a Vacation (or Staycation!) from Your Life.