Jen Atkin’s Top 9 Tips to Prepare and Actually Relax On Vacation
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With the madness of the way things have been I feel like everyone always needs time off and away from their computers and calendars to really recharge. As hard as that is for me, because I struggle with stepping away from work, it’s a necessity for my own sanity; so Mike and I always make it a point to take time off every six months.
I know going on a two week vacation isn’t realistic for everyone and it wasn’t for me for a very long time, but it’s so important to disconnect and make some mental room for what’s to come the rest of the year. If a trip isn’t doable for you, there are so many other things you can do within your own city to unwind and connect with nature which is so important. I recently started going on really long hikes with Mike and Roo and it was life-changing; now I get the hype. It was nice to just be in nature, away from the hustle of the city and be with the my favorites.
Here are some of the things that I do before, during and after a vacation:
Before you leave:
Pack Items to Help You Disconnect
I love packing non-electronics (board games) like Rook and Rummicub. I always try on all my clothes/outfits ahead of time and take photos of everything so I never have to think about what I’m going to wear, and know everything fits.
Wrap Up Loose Ends
Pack Your Favorite Books
Try to challenge yourself to read more than you’re on your phone. Set a goal to lower your screen time to half or more and it’ll help you reset but also make you aware of how dependent you are of your phone.
While you’re there:
Stash Your Phone Away
Sweat it Out
Indulge Within Reason
Eating healthy is another big part of feeling good while you’re away. Sure, it’s great to indulge (as you should) because “you’re on vacation” but you are what you eat. I try to stick with to eating non-processed foods like fruits and veggies.
How to get back into work:
Brainstorm While You’re Away
The best ideas come to me when I’m on vacation. So by the time I get back home I’m excited and energized to bring new ideas to the table with my team.
Mentally Prepare On Your Way Back
Most of the time, I don’t have a day to rest after vaca so I typically just hit the ground running once I’m back home.
Workout to Avoid Jet Lag
Also, if it was an oversees trip, I always work out as soon as I’m back and throughout the week to beat jet lag and get back into my routine. Also, cuddling with Roo always helps.