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Vacation: why is it such a tough job?

Hello, fellow achievers! If you're anything like me, getting away from the daily grind feels like attempting a magic trick that only a few can master. I recently returned from an unforgettable week in Puerto Rico with my husband, and this vacation wasn't just a getaway—it was a profound lesson in why taking a break is the toughest job for many of us.

The Struggle to Disconnect In a world that champions the hustle and constantly being "on," unplugging can seem like an elusive dream. Here's a glimpse into why it's so challenging to silence the background noise of work, challenges, and an ever-growing to-do list:

  1. Cultural Expectations: Society tends to glorify those who burn the midnight oil, making it feel like taking a break is a luxury reserved for the idle.

  2. Fear of Falling Behind: The anxiety of missing out on opportunities or lagging in our careers can be paralyzing, making it hard to step away, even temporarily.

  3. Digital Tethering: Thanks to smartphones and ubiquitous connectivity, our work follows us everywhere, blurring the lines between professional and personal life.

  4. Self-Imposed Pressure: As our harshest critics, we set impossibly high standards, leading to guilt when we're not actively working towards them.

Embarking on the Journey Allow me to share more from my personal experience. I've been burning the candle at both ends, juggling my coaching business and a photography side gig, working seven days a week. While I have been incorporating my Miracle Morning routine and exercising most days, it wasn't enough to give me the balance that I needed during the crunch time of a busy photography season. This vacation became a lifeline for both my husband and me after an incredibly demanding year. But here's the kicker—I found it challenging to turn off my brain from the constant hum of responsibilities. But once I did, it was so rejuvenating! My mind and heart was open to appreciating the moment and not getting caught up in my to-do list. I even read 3 books in a week. I don't think I read 3 books in all of 2022! It was just what I needed!! I'm bottled up that zen and brought it with me from paradise to create my own mini-paradise of calm at home.

Tips for the Ultimate Unplug Now, let's delve into some practical tips to help you calm your mind, truly take a break, and savor the vacation you genuinely deserve:

  1. Prepare Early:

  • Start informing colleagues and clients well in advance about your upcoming break.

  • Clearly communicate your unavailability during specific hours.

  1. Delegate and Trust:

  • Empower your team to handle responsibilities in your absence. Trust that they've got things covered.

  1. Craft a Digital Detox Plan:

  • Designate specific times for checking emails and messages. Stick to these time slots religiously.

  • Turn off non-essential notifications to minimize distractions.

  1. Embrace Mindfulness Techniques:

  • Incorporate mindfulness or meditation into your routine. Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided sessions tailored for busy minds.

  1. Immerse Yourself in the Present Moment:

  • Engage in activities that fully captivate your attention. Whether it's exploring a new locale, savoring local cuisine, or simply soaking up nature, immerse yourself in the experience.

  1. Reflect, Reassess, and Reset:

  • Utilize this time for reflection. Celebrate your achievements, reassess priorities, and set realistic goals for the future.

Bringing the Relaxation Home Now, let's talk about how to maintain that post-vacation bliss even after you return to the daily grind:

  1. Implement Micro-Retreats:

  • Schedule short breaks throughout your week to engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. It could be as simple as a nature walk or a quiet moment with a good book.

  1. Establish Mindful Morning Rituals:

  • Start your day with activities that set a positive tone, such as meditation, journaling, or enjoying a leisurely breakfast. This can carry the calmness from your vacation into your daily life.

  1. Create a Soothing Environment:

  • Bring elements from your vacation into your home. Whether it's incorporating tropical plants, displaying souvenirs, or framing vacation photos, surround yourself with reminders of your relaxation haven.

  1. Set Realistic Boundaries:

  • Continue the practice of setting boundaries for work and personal time. Protect your downtime fiercely, just as you did during your vacation.

Taking a vacation isn't just a luxury; it's a lifeline for our mental well-being. By understanding the barriers that make unplugging difficult and implementing practical tips from my personal journey, you can transform those rare moments of tranquility into a daily reality. So, my hardworking friends, let's embark on the journey of mastering the art of vacationing and give ourselves the breaks we genuinely need and deserve. Your well-rested self will thank you!

If you find it challenging to turn off your brain and connect with yourself again, I'd love to help you find the mindfulness and balance you desire and need. Reach out to schedule a FREE Breakthrough session to discuss how to get your mind unstuck from constant hustle, stress and overscheduling. Visit Joyful Balance Breakthrough Session - Joyful Balance ( to schedule today.

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