Reduce Your Stress And Anxiety Levels, Even If You Can’t Go On A Vacation – By Going On A Mental Vacation!
Hello, it’s me, Chris, and today I wanted to reach out and offer you a cool mind tool that I often use daily, which is called a ‘Mental Vacation’. You may have heard of it before, if not, I am sure that you will love it. Whether you can get away on a holiday this year, or not, you can always take a mental vacation, that is one thing that Covid and the Government cannot take away from you! 🙂
So, reduce your stress and anxiety and try the mental vacation exercise.it’s really easy to do and you can do it anytime, anyplace really, so pop the kettle on, read this article, then take action on it. I can’t wait to hear how you get on with this.
How To Do It…
When you wake in the morning, before you even get out of the bed, spend five minutes visualising yourself in a place that simply makes you FEEL GOOD. Perhaps it’s a sandy beach, maybe it’s a green meadow. Hear the sounds, smell the smells, feel the sand or the grass beneath you. Imagine yourself walking, and make your way to a beach hut, or a log cabin that is waiting for you.
As you enter, notice that there is a chair waiting for you, with a cosy blanket on it, and your favourite drink on the side table. Sit down, relax, take a deep breath in, hold it at the top and then let it go.
Know that this is YOUR safe space, a place that you can go to, as and when you want or need to. Then take this place into your day with you.
When To Do It…
You can go back to your place, to your beach hut or log cabin, anytime that you need to. Do it on your coffee break, lunch break, in the evening before bed. A good thing to try, is to take just 5 minutes at the end of each hour, and go on a mental vacation as this is a great way to ease any stress, anxiety or tension that you may be experiencing. This is particularly good to if you are working in the office!
What Are The Benefits of Doing It?
The benefits of taking a regular mental vacation include: reduced stress and anxiety levels, clarity of mind, lower blood pressure, and an overall feeling of calmness and balance. It is great to use throughout the day as a way to ward off bouts of stress, anxiety or depression. It is a wonderful way to check in with yourself, your mental health, and see how you are doing.
You can even ask yourself on a. scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most stressed or anxious, how you are feeling, before starting your mental vacation and then assess where you are at when you finish it. This is a good barometer to track your progress and emotions.
I hope that you find this tool useful and begin to use it in your day to day living. It vital, especially during these challenging times, that we keep on top of our mental health, just as we do our physical health. Taking time out for YOU can only ever be a good thing, so be sure to share this with your friends and family and anybody who you think will enjoy it.
Until the next time, have a great day whatever you are doing and when the stress of Covid begins to get to you, head off on a mental vacation!
p.s speaking of vacations, that reminds me – things hopefully WILL be opening up properly again soon, and that may mean extended travel If you have a fear of flying, how has the pandemic changed that for you? Has it eased your fears? OR have you developed a fear of flying when you didn’t have one previously? I’d love to know, so send me a message if I can be of help to you. email@example.com
I will be speaking more about overcoming your fear of flying over the next coupe of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.