Unplug to Maximize Your Next Vacation
We’ve all been there, in desperate need of a vacation due to the many stresses of modern life. Hectic schedules, demanding careers, and busy personal lives often leave us feeling mentally and physically exhausted. Enter the vacation – whether heading off to an exotic location or planning a staycation, the ultimate goal is the same – to disconnect, recharge and refresh. Unfortunately many of us are better at being busy than we are at relaxing. Below are three tips to maximize your next vacation and why taking it “unplugged” is a need, not a want.
1. Plan Ahead
We all have a little, or a lot, of that ‘Type-A personality’ in us. Satisfy this aspect of yourself by thinking through all of the potential personal and professional loop-holes before you begin packing. Ask yourself what needs may arise that must be handled before you head off for your R&R. The trick here is not to get too tied up in possibilities, but rather plan for the predictable issues.
2. Practice Delegation
This one can feel more challenging. Passing the baton on responsibility isn’t always easy, but keep in mind that the world will not fall apart without you at the helm. Whether you’re managing personal or professional obligations – be clear about your expectations and availability with those who support you. This will allow you to relax more fully and trust that things are being handled in your absence.
3. Manage Access
We all long to disconnect to some degree, however, the lure of omnipresent technology is often too much. Practice intention and discipline, and if you can’t fully “unplug” while on your much deserved vacation, then at the very least make the effort to manage it. Choose one device to bring rather than three and give yourself “office hours.” Whether you use that time to check email, read the news, or cross off a ‘to-do’ item – manage your time wisely. Your vacation won’t last forever.
Lastly, as anyone who has taken a vacation lately will tell you – a great one can refresh and recharge you both mentally and physically. Here’s an article posted by the Huffington Post that discusses the significant health benefits of vacation – 4 highlights are listed below:
- Reduced Stress
- Improved Heart Health
- Improved Mental Health
- Improved Relationships
Whether you’re heading off to foreign lands or staying closer to home, commit to taking a vacation and making it really work for you by disconnecting with day-to-day life and reconnecting with a happier, healthier you.
Here’s to maximizing your next “unplugged” vacation!
An Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, Sylvaine N. Hughson, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their peak performance and accomplish their most important goals.
She is certified as a Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor and Traditional Reiki Master.
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