I love vacation. But, then again, who doesn’t? It’s a time to relax, unwind and do anything you want to do- all bets are off! (I’m eating that cheesecake and leaving my workout clothes at home).
Vacation, whether it’s a 2-week getaway or a 2-day weekend, brings on a huge sense of freedom. We think, “Ahhhh, I can finally do the things I enjoy doing and set my worries aside.”
But man, time sure flies by when you’re having fun. Just as you reach that high of some much-needed time off, the thought of getting back to reality shoots you back down.
When we think, “my vacation is over” we usually equate that with “my freedom is over.” This thought leaves us feeling trapped, stressed, stuck or even depressed.
On the brink of getting back to reality from vacation mode, here are 4 things to keep in mind:
1. Allow your vacation to remain precious.
I was sitting on a chair, overlooking the water and feeling the soft grass under my feet. I thought, “Wow, wouldn’t this be amazing- to do this everyday!!!” But then I thought, “No, actually it probably wouldn’t because it wouldn’t feel so special right now.”
We know that vacations are fleeting which is why we’re more apt to ground ourselves in the present moment and embrace each second of it.
It’s the same way we appreciate sparkling lights at Christmas time or fireworks at the 4th of July. These things are special- these things feel special because we don’t experience them all the time. We wouldn’t feel that sense of excitement leading up to these events otherwise.
Instead of wanting more, more, more…how about appreciating our vacations for what they are- precious time.
2. It is possible to experience the same sense of freedom you have on vacation in your “real” life.
Most of us don’t believe that our jobs can be stress free or that we can do what we love everyday or that we can wake up feeling relaxed every morning. We feed into the notion that our everyday is supposed to be unfulfilling and our time off is when we experience happiness.
If you believe this outlandish notion, you will prove it true.
Knowing that a life of freedom is feasible will drive you to achieve it.
Life is way too short to SAVE your happiness for the weekends or spring break. Happiness is in the here and now, no matter what the day. Make this your new reality.
3. Pinpoint which areas of your reality feel like shackles on.
Knowing that a life of freedom is possible, use this opportunity to identify which parts feel confining to you. Is it your long hours at work? Or your job description in general?
Instead of complaining about the suffocating life you lead, figure out what’s causing it and learn how to breathe again. TWEET THAT
This is an opportunity to create a life that feels more like a vacation. You don’t need to be in the Bahamas to feel euphoric…you can feel that way right now.
4. No matter what the day, having a purpose gets you excited…what’s your purpose?
The majority of us wake up, go to a job and collect a paycheck. This is not a purpose that motivates.
If you hate your job, unfulfilled at what you do, coming off a vacation is going to feel unbearable.
Imagine somebody who is living their life’s calling- someone who is passionate about their work, achieving daily goals and making a difference in the world. Do you think this person is moaning and groaning about getting back to reality?
If you don’t feel as though you have a true purpose, your job is to find it. If a bigger dream like building a school in South Africa feels too overwhelming, start out small. Maybe it’s going for a run every morning or feeding your photography desire by taking 10 pictures a day. Choose something that feels good and stick to it. This is your new purpose to wake up to.
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