Vacation State of Mind

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There's something about being in nature and smelling the fresh ocean air that always leaves me reflecting and thinking about how I want to live my life. Returning to Maine brought up a lot of emotions and memories.

While walking along the beach, Travis and I talked about how our routines can become stifling. One of the best things about being on vacation is the feeling of being on your own schedule. We woke up, ate, and did whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to. We spent time doing the things that make us happy, and relaxed. 

When the inevitable happens, and vacation ends, the harshest part of coming back is the feeling that you are on someone else's clock. On our trip, Travis and I discussed how we could prevent this from happening. We came up with a list of things that we all can do to change our mindset about being home and add some adventure to our life. 

1. Spend less time on your phone.

The most relaxing time of our trip was when we had our phones tucked away. Viewing life from a screen means you miss out on moments happening now. The texts, emails, and Instagram scrolling can wait. Time with friends, family, and your significant other is more important than whatever is on your phone screen.

2. Leave time for adventure.

The typical schedule for any post-grad is most likely commuting, working, and cleaning. While we still have to go to work, maybe rearrange your schedule to do some of your chores during the work week. That will leave weekends wide open for adventures! 

3. Enjoy the outdoors.

Now that it is summer spend more time outside! Who says you can't eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner outdoors? Take a walk after work to unwind and start your evening. Read a book on your patio on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Explore your neighborhood. 

4. Do something fun each day.

Vacation is guaranteed fun every single day. One of the mind traps that I'm guilty of falling into is thinking that I don't have time to do something fun every day. When I'm at work, I'm focused on getting my projects completed and then when I get home, I'm either working on my blog or watching TV. Who else is the same? Reorganizing your schedule and spending less time on your phone means that you'll find you have more time to do something fun each day, like game nights!