After taking more than a week offline, I am finding returning to my regularly scheduled program a bit more difficult than I had anticipated.
Why? I had a perfectly excellent time. I got to hang out with friends, disconnected and got in a ton of exercise, time outdoors, and sunlight.
Though I certainly love my work, it’s not that I don’t have ideas for things to write about. But I want them to be more than just filler or fluff, I want them to be insightful and interesting.
Are you snoring yet? Hopefully not. So let me share some insight about getting out of vacation mode, back to work, and the positivity in doing so.
Life in bite-sized chunks
I know that I have a tendency to get caught up in big-picture issues. After taking time off from the usual schedule and activities, when it is time to go back there is this enormous screen you face. Look at all the things you need to get back to, all the responsibilities…it can really be overwhelming.
SO — it’s important to chunk it down. Don’t let the calming and relaxing effect of your vacation get blanketed by all the things that make up your usual life experience. Don’t examine it all, just take it one bite at a time. Determine what needs to be attended to now, what can wait, and what can be totally shunted off or delegated.
Further, having had time off, you should see that you have more clarity. I know I do. Getting away for a vacation of any sort should de-stress and unwind tension, which means on reentry you should be coming back feeling you have more room to breathe.
Of course, the theory is no good against reality. You may look at all that you have to do upon returning to your normal schedule — and the benefits of your vacation evaporate. This is why it’s important to use the relaxation for greater mindfulness and to take hold of all that stuff on the giant screen and chunk-it-down into bite-sized morsels.
This takes effort. I know when I have to get back to work that feeling of overwhelm can be strong. If I focus on chunks of it and take it one-step-at-a-time, I can hold onto the vacation relaxation a little longer.
Use the good vacation energy
My vacation was a lot of fun, but I was happy to come home. Sure, the escape is all well-and-good, but it was just a much-needed momentary break from the norm. Everyone needs to take time for themselves, and if you can take a vacation of some kind, you should.
When you work with mindfulness, you are deciding and choosing to be aware of your thoughts and feelings. From there you can choose to be influencing and controlling them. Ergo, you can see a situation as either positive or negative. At the end of the vacation, you can choose to dread getting back to work and everything else or to look forward to it.
Really? Look forward to it? Yes. Dreading life, anticipating awfulness, and any other negativity serves nobody. Like attracts like, so if you anticipate that getting back to work and returning to your normal schedule is going to suck, you’re likely right.
When you have had the relaxation and reset from vacation, you can take that energy and apply it to your return and reentry. Fresh energy, different options, and new ideas can be borne from this. But the choice is yours.
Getting back to work after a vacation presents some unique challenges. You get to choose whether to see them as challenges or obstacles, positives or negatives. Mindfulness of this can help you choose to take the benefits of your time off and apply them to your time on.
Finding positivity when getting back to work after vacation is not hard, but it does require action
Knowing that you have had a chance to rest, recuperate, and revitalize yourself on vacation, you have created a lot of positive energy. When you hold onto that energy and use it to see getting back to work from that positivity, it ultimately empowers you. When you feel empowered, your mindfulness increases, you become more aware overall, and that tends to spread to other people around you.
As such, you can build more positive feelings and discover more things to feel positivity and gratitude for.
Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. An attitude of gratitude is an attitude of positivity that begets even more good energies — and that, like you, is always worthwhile.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, and that’s tremendous positivity in-and-of-itself.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on August 12, 2019.