We’ve all heard the saying that we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of our loved ones. It really is true. But you need to do it for yourself as well.
Vacations are a break from the everyday stress of work and routine. However, that doesn’t mean that all vacation are relaxing. Planning, traveling, itineraries, children, tours, lines, eating, activities, spending money, and all the other thing that go into executing a vacation can be rather exhausting. Whew!
Are you familiar with the phrase “I need a vacation from my vacation”?
Ideas for a TRULY Relaxing, Self-Care Vacation
No matter where you go or what you do, the most important thing is to unplug and NOT take a WORKING vacation. No! Here are some suggestions for making this happen for yourself:
- Don’t take your laptop, tablet or any other device that you might be tempted to “do work on.”
- Set an “out of office” alert on your emails. Tell people ahead of time that you will not be answering emails until you return. Same for your voicemail at work.
- Lock your cell phone in your room safe (or other place) while you are on vacation and only use it for emergencies. Scary, we know! But it CAN be done.
- Don’t bring your kids. We know you love them, but they are work. Give yourself a break.
Activities for Self-Care Vacations
The following activities are truly relaxing and will help you reconnect with yourself while unplugging from the outside world. A few days of relaxing will do wonders for your mental clarity, focus, attitude and your health when you return to the real world. Really, you are doing everyone a favor, not just yourself!
For some people, there is nothing more relaxing than immersing yourself in nature. You don’t need to take long hikes, kayak a mountain stream, or do anything physically taxing (but you can). You can just sit in a beautiful place, breath the fresh air, listen to the sounds of nature, and fall asleep in a hammock or rocking chair. Pick a place that will help you reconnect with nature.
Stress eating is a big problem for a lot people. Instead, reconnect with your love of food and learn to cook your favorite dish. Book a vacation to a country where you love the food and immerse yourself in the flavors and smells of dishes you can really enjoy and savor. Doesn’t that sound more relaxing than scarfing down whatever on your daily commute?
Cooking is an art form, but so are lots of other things. Painting, sculpting, playing music, writing, drawing, and more. Do you have a talent that you have been hiding or not honing because life got in the way? Designing a self-care vacation around getting back to doing something you love (or suspect you might) is a great way to reconnect with yourself. Getting in touch with your creative side will make you a better boss, employee, and loved one, too! So no need to feel guilty about taking time for yourself.
Wellness Retreats are often focused on a single activity or purpose. For example, a yoga retreat would be comprised of lots of yoga and relaxation techniques. Some wellness retreats are focused on a lifestyle change or overall including medical professionals who complete a comprehensive diagnostic analysis and provide a customized road map to improve your health. If that seems too intense, or not what you need, there are other types of retreats and spas that are singularly focuses on relaxation.
Do yourself a favor…
Give yourself the gift of peace of mind and invest in an emergency medical plan when you travel. This way, you know that if you get sick or injured while away from home, you will be brought home to be cared for by your own doctors and surrounded by family.