Try this: Every day you wake up, consider it a vacation.
A colleague gave me this idea a few weeks ago and I’ve been trying it since. On a vacation, I wake up feeling cozy in bed full of lush pillows and I think: “Today is going to be a perfect day.”
On a vacation, I consider my list of ‘activities that constitute a perfect day’ and choose a few of those activities. I wake up with a smile and cuddle up on the couch with a good cup of coffee; I read a good book that challenges my mind; I take a leisurely walk and find something beautiful to appreciate; I savor the act of preparing a delicious, healthy meal; I spend moments laughing with someone I love.
i truly love my lake house getaways
Generally, when I think about my ‘perfect vacation day’ I’m at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Southern Missouri with my girlfriends. Free from tv, internet and phone distractions, I love to get up early and practice yoga on the dock as the sun rises and then spend the day laughing with my best friends.
I hike, I enjoy nature, I eat chips and salsa, I read a novel, I sit around in my pajamas, I laugh; in short: I feel nourished. It’s the perfect day.
So, what if I thought of EVERY DAY as a vacation? Instead of getting all worked up and thinking: “I have SO MUCH to get done today!” and thus inciting anxiety over the ample workload and not-so-ample time to complete it… I could think “I’m going to get my work finished in a timely manner and find a moment or two to vacate.”
I haven’t perfected this technique yet, but it’s working a little bit. I’ve noticed that when I think of every day as a vacation, I’m actually more productive. And I still take a few moments to ‘vacate’ daily. Currently, those moments of vacation are the 4 minutes it takes me to water my herb garden. I do it with care, thinking of this time not as a chore, but as a celebration of nature. Those moments of vacation are the times I stop on my walk with my RussellClive and enjoy my neighbor’s daffodils. The daily walk could be considered a chore, but instead it’s a vacation. I haven’t figured out how to incorporate washing to dishes into this ‘perfect vacation day’ but maybe one day that won’t feel like a chore either.
One of my favorite poems suggests that every day can be a perfect vacation.
“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.”
I challenge you to consider what makes YOUR perfect ‘vacation day?”
1. Make a List of all things you like to do on vacation.
2. Tomorrow, choose to do one of those things.
3. Tomorrow, ‘vacate’ the stress of your every day routine for 1 minute. Wake up and think: “Today is like a vacation! I’ll still do all my work, but it’s going to be perfect!”
If you don’t know where to start, at least start by sitting still for one minute and draw more light into your life.
How was your vacation? I’d love to hear about it.