Long, out-of-town vacations are fantastic. The change of scenery provides a healthy dose of awe and wonder along with the novelty of completely different activities.
However, the majority of life is spent going about our daily routines. To adequately fuel our souls we need more than a once-a-year, two-week get-away. In fact, we may need a little jolt of joy on a daily basis to boost or maintain a positive mood.
The question becomes, how can we bring the spirit of vacation into our everyday lives?
It’s easy to let the drudgery of our normal routine take over. Like vacation, where we choose from an array of activities, we need to plan the 15, 30, or 60-minute breaks in our day, committing to do something fun and playful and diverting for ourselves. It might be something like stealing away from the office for a short vacation-like interlude. Perhaps you’ll spend time browsing a favorite store, immersing yourself in patterns, textures, or colors of beautiful fabric and artful objects. For others, a walk around the block with a friend gives us a happy sense of connection. These moments of fresh-air-freedom from four walls offer us a beneficial boost of energy.
A client of mine permits herself a daily vacation as she transitions from work to home by taking time to do gentle yoga stretches, while another engages in a series of power poses as her reset button. For many of my friends (and me), heading out on a bike ride is an instant joyful vacation. Being on a bike, or running through the woods, lets our inner children run free, free, free.
Sometimes the vacation comes by simply choosing to think about things from a different perspective. While picking up the house the other day, I realized this task I tend to find annoying, was actually soothing me, especially since the now clear surfaces created space for vases of fresh daffodils and tulips. Even making dinner can provide the daily vacation. When life starts feeling hectic I like to slow thing down by cooking risotto. For the hour it takes to consistently stir the gently simmering rice, I sip a glass of wine and listen to favorite pieces of music. There’s not much else I can do except attend to the task at hand, so for the time it takes to make a meal, I am immersed in an active meditation.
Vacations feel so good because we choose meaningful activities, whether it is lazing beach-side drinking a Pina Colada, touring a castle or museum, or exploring the countryside on a vigorous hike. Let your daily vacation opportunities be quality leisure-time moments. While vegging out in front of the TV or scrolling through Facebook or Instagram are easy ways to relax, they may not bring you the peace of mind or soothe your soul in a way that truly refreshes you.
Choose novelty. Choose play. Choose to transport yourself. Get away on a daily vacation.
What activities transform your day into a vacation state of mind?