I just took a week off from work, and man did I need it! It wasn’t that my job was so stressful that I couldn’t handle it anymore, I’ve just had a lot going on in multiple areas of my life for a long time now. I decided to combine my Thanksgiving holiday time with a couple more days simply because I needed a break from everything! I got to see family, participate in holiday traditions, relax, go out with old friends, and get in a mini road trip where I got to meet Conan O’Brien! I’m a huge fan of his by the way, so that was awesome. Vacation time doesn’t solve every problem you have, but it can help you adjust your attitude towards certain things. Taking time for yourself can help with…
#1. Pushing the Negatives to the Back of Your Mind
It is soooo easy to focus on the negatives in your life. I’ve been doing that more than I’d like to admit lately. Luckily, this time off made the bad things in life seem insignificant. Since I was starting to feel more light-hearted towards everything, I noticed that I started to actually focus on the positives. Did the negatives still occasionally creep up to the forefront of my mind? Yeah of course they did! Vacation time isn’t some form of pure magic, but it helped me get out of the “dwelling” mode I’ve been in.
#2. Relaxation and Catching Up on Sleep
This is so important, that it probably deserves its own blog post. I love sleep more than anything else, but just like everyone else I do not get nearly enough of it! I am one of those people who runs around everywhere in order to make sure most of the things in my life remain stable. Even though I’m glad that I’m this type of person, it also gets in the way of my sleep and relaxation. I didn’t realize exactly how stressed out I was until I got a couple nights of good sleep. My skin was glowing, I was smiling more, and I literally looked and felt like a new person.
#3. Getting to Participate in Things You Normally Wouldn’t be Able to
This is the most fun aspect of any vacation. Getting to enjoy things that you normally wouldn’t be able to is so exciting! This last week I was able to hang out with old friends, go Black Friday shopping, and make a quick road trip up to Burbank to see a live taping of Conan O’Brien’s late night talkshow. I even got a hug from him, which totally made my year! My point is, that I would have missed out of those experiences if it were any other week. These random experiences are what you’ll remember for the rest of your life, so why not take some time to enjoy yourself?
#4. Spending Quality Time with the Amazing People in Your Life
One of the hardest things about getting older is your schedule (or lack thereof)! There are so many things I want to take part in and so many people that I want to see, but my schedule makes it nearly impossible. Luckily, I was able to spend this time with many of the people that I hold near and dear to my heart! It is way too easy to lose contact with your friends and family, but these are the times to reconnect/keep the connection alive! Remember that so many people care about you and now is the time to show your appreciation.
Even though my vacation is sadly over now, I am in such a better place! We all need a little break here and there, so make sure you focus on yourself and get yourself into that happy mindset!
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Question of the Week:
If you had a day off, what would you do with it?