What good is a vacation, if you can’t stop stressing over insignificant things? You need and deserve some time for rest and relaxation. Allow yourself to enjoy your time away from work and other daily responsibilities. However, sometimes even the preparation for a vacation can be stressful. The following tips will help you make the most out of your vacation days without worrying and anxiety.
- Stop obsessing over work
You may think that this tip is a given. You finally have some time off, so of course you won’t stress over work. But, the reality tends to be completely different, especially with our constant companion – the smartphone. Try your best to forget about checking your work email and all other work-related apps you may have on your phone. This is your time to relax and unwind and there’s no need to remind yourself of responsibilities that are still ahead of you.
This is a really interesting phenomenon but it’s still very much true. If you pack too much stuff, definitely more than you are going to wear, you will feel burdened and nervous. First of all, it’s irritating when you have to use force to fit everything in the suitcase. Secondly, dragging heavy luggage with you is definitely a nuisance. Finally, once you arrive at your destination, you’re only going to get overwhelmed with the stuff you brought. In the end, you probably won’t get the chance to wear everything and you’ll have to go through the process of tedious packing all over again. Do yourself a favor and plan your outfits. Imagine yourself every day during the vacation and use the images to pack accordingly. If you pack lightly, you’ll feel a lot less anxious as well.
- Go with the flow
You don’t need to have every second of your vacation planned out. In the end, things never really go the way they’re planned. Save yourself the trouble and enjoy your vacation without any rules. Not only will this help you de-stress but going with the flow will undoubtedly bring some new excitement to your life. Not to mention that there’s nothing quite like asking the locals for recommendations when it comes to places to eat or go out. This beats planning with Google by a mile. Therefore, don’t miss out on the joy of discovering new places first hand.
4. Leave home worries for home
Let’s face it – your home doesn’t have to be spotless before you go on your vacation. It will wait for you either way. So, if you can’t find the time to clean up before you leave, unless you stay up till the middle of the night, let it go. It’s not worth it. However, if you absolutely cannot allow for your home to stay a mess, create a schedule a few days prior to your vacation so that you can take care of everything in time without exhausting yourself. Also, in case you have a pet, opt for a professional pet minding service, so that you have nothing to worry about!
- Have fun with all your might!
The final tip is possibly the most important one. While it’s very important that you stop worrying about your home and work, planning and the things that you will pack for your own peace of mind, it’s absolutely essential that you spend your vacation as relaxed as possible. Don’t stress over the weather, or the fact that your hotel room doesn’t have the best TV or the strongest Wi-Fi. Don’t be so focused on what and where you’ll eat or how many calories that ice cream latte has. This is your deserved time off, so let yourself go and experience life to the fullest.
You may think that all of the above-mentioned tips sound perfectly reasonable, but are not quite sure how to make them work for you personally. First of all, don’t let this article stress you out even more just because you think that you can’t calm down and relax. Try to meditate at least five minutes a day and rest your body as you listen to your favorite music. Then do your best to visualize the perfect feeling you want to get from your vacation – not the perfect vacation itself. Embrace that feeling and remember it every time you notice the stress overwhelming you.Published in