If you’re a parent, you’re probably celebrating the end of isolation school and eLearning right about now. And while school is out for summer, family vacations are probably looking pretty different this year.
A break from work is essential regardless. Your brain needs downtime to recharge, quiet time to process, and, truly, boredom to really create! After months of the stress of quarantine, an escape is possibly exactly what we need most right now, and you can do that without airplanes and festivals.
Go for a change of scenery
If you are the outdoorsy type, a camping trip can be the perfect way to recharge. Immerse yourself in nature, enjoy the birds, go hiking or biking, and quiet your brain.
Is indoor plumbing a requirement for you to be able to relax? Sleep in the comfort of your own bed, but take daily walks to explore new areas, new trails, anything. Just get out of the house and explore someplace new.
This is simultaneously the easiest and the hardest way to recharge. Disconnect. No news. No social media. No work. Turn it all off and just exist.
While it is undeniably important to be aware of current events, there are times where it is just too much and you need a break. How can you recharge from the stress of work if you are filling your heart with all the world’s worries during your vacation?
Need human interaction? By all means, text, call, write letters…but be intentional about it. No mindless scrolling, no reading the news. Control what is coming in so that your time recharging is as effective as possible.
Explore something new
Not a fan of staring at a blank wall? I’ll be honest, doing some serious “nothing” would be my top choice, but if slowing down isn’t really your thing, take the opportunity to explore something new. This could be a hobby you’ve always been interested in picking up, one you’ve been neglecting even, learning a language, studying a topic, or exploring a place.
One big positive to come from the COVID pandemic has been the plethora of virtual resources at our disposal. While many resources are geared toward school-age children, who is going to turn down the chance to catch a zoo or aquarium live feed or explore the The Louvre from your couch?
No matter how you decide to recharge, be sure you do. Your mental health, your work performance, and your physical health will all thank you for some R&R.