Holidays are a state of mind.
What is it about being on holiday that we find restorative and refreshing?
The lack of work, the extra sleep, and the books we read (or don’t read)?
Is it the fishing, walking, swimming, the new places we see?
The answer is yes to all, but perhaps the greatest part of being on holiday is that we take off the masks we wear, or allow the expectations we have of ourselves to be relaxed. Many of these things can be incorporated into our daily lives.
Holidays are not about gathering your thoughts, but rather clearing them. This can certainly be done daily.
No matter how busy we get through the year all of us can & should experience a “holiday” moment every day. Although I think it’s a learning curve for all of us we should be determined to take even a few moments each day to enjoy just “being”.
Daily holiday hints
- Walk around the building at lunchtime in the fresh air
- Read a book for pleasure
- Stare out the window for five minutes.
- Go off-line for a while
- Have an early night
- Spend quality time with your family and friends
- Allow your eyes to “glaze-over” and daydream
- Add your own holiday hints.
Reduce stress in your life by taking time out everyday just to be you. Being an authentic “you” will help you in your work, family, social life and community life. Just “being” should always come before “doing”
Have a holiday every day
Paul S Allen