While researching quotes about relaxing, one, in particular, stood out. Pope Francis, stated, “Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.” Our culture has become engulfed in the work-work-work mentality. People push themselves beyond reasonable limits. Growth can certainly come from going beyond our limits, but so can burnouts. Taking the time take a vacation is a step in the right direction, however, an even bigger step is being able to relax on vacation.
Here a few tips that you can implement to help you relax on vacation.
1. Pick the right time. Perhaps, that statement made you laugh. Seriously, one of the first things to do is to identify your peaks and valleys. Peaks and valleys simply refer to busy and slower times throughout the year. The assumption is that the slower times of the year would be a great opportunity to break away from the daily grind and go on
vacation. The right timing of a vacation will automatically yield relaxing dividends. The reasoning behind that logic that if it is less busy, it is less hectic, and if it is less hectic, is less to worry about while on vacation. However, there is this beautiful thing called reality, and sometimes logic with planning doesn’t necessarily coincide with reality. Even with the identifiable “right” time for vacation, things could go not go as planned. You’ll need to roll with it, and pick the time that does seem to work best for you. Making a vacation a priority or multiple vacations throughout the year priorities will help you in identifying and feeling good about the dates that you’ve selected for your vacation.
2. Don’t put unrealistic burdens on yourself prior, during, or after vacation. Be realistic about your workload expectations. It is reasonable to
catch up or get ahead of the game prior to leaving for vacation. However, going overboard with the “to do’s” before, during, or after a vacation is ineffective. It can cause pre and post vacation stress or regret. Doing work on vacation would be vacation self-sabotage. Don’t do it. Identifying what needs to be done, what can wait, and putting together a realistic action plan to make it happen is healthy and productive. A realistic action plan identifies what needs to get done before and after vacation. The action plan sets healthy boundaries and expectations. Furthermore, the action plan aids the mental preparation of getting away and staying swaying from work and relax on vacation.
3. Unplug. If you have the is habit, it is best to nip it before you leave on your vacation. Now, technology and communications are pivotal to success, certainly. So, this doesn’t mean to go off the grid. What it does mean is to identify your level of need to connect and make adjustments so you can thoroughly enjoy your vacation. Perhaps, you give yourself 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening to check in or see if there are any urgent matters that need your attention. However, with
your action plan, you should have also identified and delegated such actions to someone else. In some cases, you are that someone else. Well, then set healthy boundaries that would not trigger a workcation instead of a vacation. Do what you need to do, and then stop, and go be on vacation. Unplug. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb. Then just go and be immersed in the beauty of wherever you selected for your vacation.
4. Inspire yourself while on vacation. The assumption is that you picked a place that meant something to you. Even if it is a place that you saw in a picture online, you connected with that place and decided to go there for a vacation. For whatever reason, where you go is inspirational. The thought of going there inspired you to take the vacation there. So, let yourself be on vacation. Do what you want to do. Whether, that is reading a book in a hammock, listening to the sounds of the rainforest that buds the back of vacation home or a solo hike up to your first basecamp. Take the time to be present and relax. Inspiration can come in many forms. Identifying what works best for you is helpful, but if you’re unsure, perhaps your inspiration will occur at the moment and may be something you had no idea would be inspiring. For example, observing the culture of wherever you’re traveling may open your eyes to see how other cultures embrace time, each other, and appear so much happier. Watch the mannerisms, the behavior, and see identify where such practices are active and missing in your life. Doing so, may help to inspire creativity, rejuvenation, and help create a better work-life balance.
Going on vacation shouldn’t be difficult. With the right level of preparation, entrepreneurs can easily identify what works best with their schedules and make the right vacation at the right time happen. Likewise, part of that preparation is creating a realistic action plan that sets healthy expectations, actions, and boundaries pre, during, and post vacation. Going on vacation is one thing, being on vacation is another. Learning how to “unplug” in our connected culture is essential. Although there may be times when it is difficult, at the very least set boundaries that don’t take away from your vacation. Lastly, get present. Practice the art of being in the moment throughout your vacation. Turn off the anxiety or thoughts about what needs to be done, and just be. Let your vacation inspire you and these strategies help you to relax on vacation.
All my love.
by Katie Doseck, PhD MBA
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC
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