Vacations are credited with relieving stress and bringing about good times and happy memories. So how do you ensure that your next vacation will result in positive benefits right away?
Do you often begin a vacation stressed out and feeling unprepared to leave your work and life behind? With minimal effort, anyone can embark on a vacation with the right “vacation” mindset. Take action before your next trip to quickly turn off your work and life responsibilities and totally embrace a vacation mindset from the moment you depart.
Without a conscious effort to transition into vacation mode, it can be difficult to disconnect from both work and life and fully benefit from our time off. Whether you are embarking on an extended vacation or just a weekend trip away from home, it is essential that you change gears to enter what I like to call the vacation mindset.
What exactly is a “Vacation Mindset” and how will it help you? Think of it as serving the same purposes as stretching before working out at the gym, playing sports, or going for a run. With a few simple exercises, you can warm up your mind to be totally on vacation from the moment it begins. There is no reason to waste the first few hours or days of vacation trying to turn off the ever-present responsibilities of life and work. If you are the type of person who worries about work as soon as you leave the office, this article is for you.
First let’s review the definition of “life” and “work” since these two concepts get thrown together into the all too common “work-life balance” term. The VacationCounts mantra takes this concept a step further by dividing work-life balance into three components. The third category is (you guessed it) “vacation” which must be separated from life’s activities if you want to be on vacation and not simply off from work.
“Work” is made up of those hours spent earning a living whether you commute to a place of employment or work from home. It is easy to know when you are working and when you are not working, but don’t forget to count the time you think about work or work from home or while on vacation.
“Life” is traditionally considered the time left over when you are not working. I think you’ll agree that vacation time should not be included in everyday life since life is made up of the “must do’s” while vacation is all about the “want to” activities. Those home and family tasks, the ones you spend countless hours dealing with such as paying the bills, household chores, running errands, visiting the dentist, even sleeping, is called “Life.”
“Vacation” refers to ANY activity that brings you personal enjoyment or fulfillment regardless of whether it involves travel, costs money, or meets the outdated definition of a vacation.
It is all too easy for the realities of work and life to creep into your vacation day wherever you are. That that isn’t fair to you or your family. This is why I wrote down my guidelines which I hope will help lead you into the vacation mindset. You earned this paid time off by working hard and getting your job done. Now it is your job to ensure that your next travel experience is successful.
Don’t be one of those persons that reports that it takes them a day or two to truly feel like they are “on vacation.” You owe it to yourself and your family to switch into a vacation mindset as soon as you switch off work and life. Only by going beyond mere work-life balance and including vacation as an equally important (maybe even more important) part of your existence can you truly experience the rewards of every vacation.
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