- Vacations: Go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.Visit people you love in their cities. Explore new territory. The key to a successful vacation is balance. You want to make sure that you’re having fun but also incorporating relaxation into your routine. Do not overdo it. You don’t want to return from vacation more exhausted than you were before you took it.
- Staycations: Sometimes you won’t have the money or the time to go on a vacation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a break. Take this time to appreciate where you are. Rediscover your overlooked home. Explore your city. Rent a room at a nearby hotel. The keys to a successful staycation are minimalism and relaxation. You want to have fun but the main goal is to relax. Make sure you detach yourself from your daily routine.
- Mental Escapes: Sometimes things get stressful and you need to take an instant escape. You don’t have time to wait and plan a get away. There are several ways to achieve this. Visualize places you would love to visit. Reflect on a happier time and reminisce on what made it great. Daydream and get lost in your thoughts. You’ll feel better when you return.
Taking a break is a form of self care that is often overlooked. Breaks are needed to reduce the stress that we all experience. Take some time to refresh and regroup. If you’re still feeling stressed after you’ve taken time out of your routine then the therapists here at Philadelphia MFT can help.
This topic of the week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT.