Practice That Vacation State of Mind...This Weekend!How do you feel when you are a few weeks away from a vacation? Excited? Happy? Does it makes you
focus on the goal and make preparations? It is known that when we have a vacation or holiday booked
our potential for happiness is greater than someone without a one booked but afterwards we are all
back to the same. There’s something about the thinking about it, the planning for it, the being on
vacation that helps us maintain a higher level of awareness and happiness. There are many aspects of a
vacation that do this to us but a lot of the reason for me is that a vacation puts us into a little bubble
that feels removed from “real life”. Its time out from the stresses and strains of normal life. I make my
vacation/holiday preparations – go on a diet, get my nails ready, get a tan, buy new clothes etc. It all
adds to the anticipation, the feeling of making the most of the time and savoring every moment.
So once you are on vacation/holiday you make the most of your time there – its limited, you have paid
good money to be there, you might not get to go back there – to this amazing place you have chosen to
visit. But how about this…every moment in your life is actually like this! You will never be the same
person in the same moment at the same time ever again! Wherever you are in your life – on holiday or
not – you are in a unique moment in a place you have worked hard to get to. Whether you are at work
(you bagged yourself a job?!) at home (you have a roof over your head) or somewhere else on the
journey of life you have overcome challenges and made choices to be right where you are.
Consider yourself a tourist of life. There is no guidebook for this so you will have to make up your own
directions, sights to explore and activities to take part in. Try out this mindset in your normal life –
heighten your awareness and try and look at the details with all your senses. Really try and be mindful
in all situations. Be aware of your feelings, what you can see, hear etc. As a tourist you may keep a
scrapbook or take some photos. Do this today as well – at least a journal or a reflection at the end of
the day. You make memories everyday so make them more real with words or pictures.
On holiday you wouldn’t dream of wasting time – yes of course you may be on a beach holiday or want
to spend time relaxing at the pool – but you certainly wouldn’t waste your time moping around feeling
sorry for yourself, tapping away at your phone every 5 minutes or wasting away in front of the television
so don’t waste your life in this way either! Get out there! Take a walk in the park, find a new hobby, chat
to people you don’t know – take everything you can from the experience of life – it’s there waiting for
you every day to explore. Ask yourself the question – if you were on holiday what would you do next?