The older I get, it seems more and more so that the idea of going on vacation has actually become more stressful than ever. Between the planning, packing, gathering everything that Chloe needs, the logistics of flights and cars, making sure work is taken care of, etc.,- by the time I get on vacation I’m still way too wound up to actually be able to relax (which is not the proper way to head into a vacation). But, it’s time to reclaim my vacation! Here are my 7 tips to actually decompress when you’re finally on vacation:
1. Do your Prep Work
If you’re headed to go on vacation, but your work is really demanding, just know that you should probably think about not only the things you have to do before you leave for vacation but also everything you have to do when you’re back so you’re not stuck “catching up.” This might mean that you have to work harder at your job before you take off, but trust me – it will totally be worth it.
2. Be Accountable
Make sure you tie up all your loose ends with work before you head out and have your auto-reply ready with who can be contacted in the case of your absence. Everyone (including your boss) will really appreciate that!
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Now that Instagram has a save draft feature, you can edit your caption and pictures and save them for when you’re ready to post. Although I try to post organic content in real time as much as possible, I also do try to make it a point to not always post live so I can actually live in the moment and decompress. I love to edit photos while I’m on the plane, then save them as a draft so when it’s time to post, you can just wake up and hit “post.”
4. Rejuvenate + Recharge
Let Mother Nature rejuvenate you. I don’t know about you, but something about going on a hike, going in the ocean or walking towards a waterfall and getting some scenery for a few hours really help to “heal” me. Something about the fresh air and outdoors really helps me unwind and decompress without a lot of distractions. Also, make sure you take some time to catch up on your zzz’s! A well-rested you is a happy you!
5. Go Somewhere New
I love a good staycation, but branching out and going somewhere new can really broaden your horizons and help get your creative juices flowing! Being around new people, new places, and a new environment is like a breath of fresh air. Traveling to new places boosts your brain power as it forces you to use parts of your brain that may have otherwise been dormant from your day-to-day routine. Adapting new adventures, tastes and smells create new neuropaths in your brain which help enable new ways of thinking!
6. Be Flexible
Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you want them to but it’s important to be flexible. When you’re on vacation, and in everyday life, learning to take things in stride and go with the flow is priceless. The whole point of a vacation is to have fun- and if you’re spending half the time freaking out about something that doesn’t really matter in the long-run you’ll regret it. So be flexible and go with the flow!
7. Lastly, Just Do You
Is there something you’ve been putting off for a long time because you feel like you’re always too busy or it’s not a priority? Take this time to just do you. What have you been neglecting or putting off? Even something as simple as getting a pedicure might just be in order. Take time to take care of yourself so you can really feel rejuvenated. As they say, you have to be 100% first in order to give 100% to anyone else (whether that be with your family, friends, significant other or work).
Do you guys have any tips for decompressing while you’re on vacation? Let me know in the comments below!