This is a concept that came to me when I attended an event awhile back, where one of the women entrepreneurs speaking was talking about how she tries to live like she’s on vacation. What she meant by that is to do little things everyday that you would do if you were on vacation. What this does it bring you bliss and moments of joy, relaxation and happiness throughout the day. Imagine, if you could feel that way every day for the next month, how much would your quality of life improve?
Think about the last time you were on vacation and felt really happy, what were you doing? Where were you? Think about the environment you were in, the activities you did and the people you were with. Now, start to think about how you can incorporate some of those things into your everyday life.
What are some of the activities you love to do on vacation? Maybe it’s playing volleyball on the beach, and to translate that into your every day life you could find a local volleyball club or something similar like tennis, squash and more. Personally, I loooove to travel to warm destinations, especially during the winters here in Canada. I love the heat and humidity (I know that’s weird), it makes me feel much better and I absorb every minute of it when I’m on vacation. So what I do here at home is make sure I take a bit of time after my workout at the gym to sit in the sauna and absorb it all up. It relaxes my muscles, and I often do a little meditation while I sit there as well.
When on vacation, you’re also often seeing new things. Become a tourist in your own city by trying out a new coffee shop to read a book, or going for a long walk by the water if there is some, take some time out of your day to take a break and try something new whether it’s just a new environment or a different type of coffee.
2. Slowing Doooooown
Do you ever get to Friday and realize the week flew by without you even noticing? Chances are, you’ve fallen into a repetitive routine and are probably moving very quickly throughout the day. I’m all for efficiency, but there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive.
When you’re on vacation, you’re not frantically checking your email 20 times a day, or running to a meeting that you’re already late for, or skipping lunch because there’s no time. Try to focus on doing one thing at a time, give yourself lots of time to get to where you need to go so you can enjoy the trip there, and indulge in a really good lunch with some of your favourite foods.
Make time to read, to journal, to workout and most importantly, to sleep (how many of you sleep like CRAZY on vacation?). Enjoy the process of gradual growth and focus on enjoying life as it is right now instead of living into the future and frantically trying to get there, you’re in charge!
3. Your surroundings
As a girl who grew up in Canada with maple trees and pine trees, I get SO excited when I see palm trees and tropical plants. It signifies warmth and relaxation to me, it brings me a sense of calm because they bring me back to sitting on the beach admiring the hue of the ocean and the trees blowing in the wind beside me. It’s my ultimate zen.
Your surroundings are an important aspect of your life, especially as a creative. I don’t know about you, but working in a boring room is really difficult for me. I have filled my home with tropical plants that bring me so much joy. I have palm plants, banana leaf plants, all kinds of plants that I don’t even know the names of, but they remind me of warmth and make me feel closer to nature.
There’s nothing like fresh hotel towels, right? Why can’t you give yourself the luxury of really nice fresh towels at home? I wash my towels frequently and getting out of the shower to fresh towels and thriving plants is a little moment of bliss. This also applies to bed sheets, CLEAN your bed sheets, and replace them every once in awhile with new ones. You’ll sleep so much better and there’s nothing like crawling into a freshly cleaned, made bed.
What are some other things you like to do on vacation that you could incorporate more into your daily life? Take out a sheet of paper and write them all down, and see how you can start to fit them into your life for more moments of joy, relaxation and bliss! :)