Don’t settle back into “the usual” so fast. We can keep the feeling of vacation a little longer by slowly returning to routines, especially while the weather is good and the days longer. Be creative — there are plenty of simple, fun activities that have a little vacation feeling.
Here’s a short list to have fun and experiment with:
- Keep spontaneity alive after vacation — it can make any day feel more fun.
- Instead of rushing home after work, pick-up some already prepared foods and head to the park for an “after work” picnic with family and friends.
- Vacations aren’t the only time to unplug. Avoid the pitfalls of routine and challenge yourself to not check your emails after work hours.
- While the season is still favorable for fruit, make some fun foods like a watermelon boat stuffed with a fruit salad, or fresh fruit smoothies or homemade ice cream with fresh fruit.
- Get the kids outside at night for a fun family evening. Make popcorn, watch the stars, or play cards by the light of a lantern.
- Take vacation photos and use them to reconnect with special moments. Frame them, take them to work, or make a slide show for your personal computer.
- Remember to instill feelings of appreciation daily and use the Inner-Ease™ or Notice and Ease tools.
- Spend a couple moments each day and recall how it felt on vacation — the warm-hearted memories. Hold the feeling in focus for a few moments. Recalling positive emotions can help off-set stress.
- Instead of a weekend full of just chores, take one morning to fly a kite at the beach, or go see local attractions that are new to your area — keep it simple and fun.
- Make time to watch the sunset – or if you’re an early riser watch a sunrise. Both are moments of pure beauty that can kindle feelings of gratitude!
Taking time to extend the vacation feeling is good for your heart, mind and body–making life more enjoyable!