As everyone maneuvers their way back to the reality of work, school, and (not so much) play I hope you take time to refresh. I have found myself come back from “vacations” still feeling wiped, as if it were just one loooooonnnnnggggg day. Why? Because I didn’t take time to relax, release, and let’s face it…step away from personal tasks that involved phones and laptops. Well, before the 9-to-5 to the 7-to-3 calls you back consider doing 3 brief, but imperative objectives.
#1 Hit refresh in a serene place.
Even if it’s snowing, head to your favorite restaurant or indoor chill spot. If it isn’t, go to the beach if it’s warm or forest preserve. Somewhere that doesn’t have a roof if you can manage it. Just be one with an environment you don’t typically see during the hustle and bustle. We all have that favorite place that we wish we could go and it doesn’t have to be miles and miles away. Go. Now. You don’t even have to finish reading this because you’ll find yourself relaxing and reflecting on forgotten goals you made.
#2 Kindly remove electronics from your face.
You’ve probably caught my attempt to rhyme my subheadings here, but hey I’m an author I can be cheesy if I want. Anyway, you HAVE TO X 1,000,000…step away from your screens. Especially if you’re in school or your job requires them. If you don’t power down now you’ll find yourself heading back to your usual with a certain level of angst you didn’t know you could have after such a wonderful break. However you spent it, you have to allow your mind time to realize it happened.
#3 Overhaul your mental space.
We’re good at getting back into our grooves and rediscovering the same woes and headaches. Are any of those in your control? If so, change them. Excuses aside, if it is in your power – truly something that cannot make or break you – change it now or let it go. If it’s been bugging you for years, odds are you aren’t in the mental space to overcome it or it isn’t actually bugging you. Stop bowering other’s issues, stop bowering “made-up” issues, stop creating issues. You have to approach life as it approaches you. Meaning, if it’s constantly cracking jokes on you, crack some back. Make a drastic change, speak your mind, do something for you, etc. There are countless ways to shuffle your cards and deal them again. If a mortgage, car note, or student loans are on your mind, simply evaluate your current mindset. Discover what drives you beyond paying bills, do more of that.
Finding a balance can kill the negativity we bring on ourselves and/or the letdowns life provides us to help us grow. Make certain to step away from your house guests or your cruise mates or your friends for a moment. Believe it or not, time alone is good for you even during this season. It doesn’t have to be a full day. Maybe take a couple hours or so and just unwind yourself. You’d be surprised to find just how wound up you’ve been since your break began. Relax, release, refresh.