Stop looking outside yourself for happiness. Happiness does not come from other people or outside circumstances. Look inside. Increase your self-awareness. Get curious about who you are at the core. Pay attention to what makes you smile. Then increase those activities. Indulge yourself.
Do you return from vacation and feel like you need another? Try these steps to feel truly refreshed when you return home.
~Plan ahead. If you want to lounge by the pool all day and your partner wants to visit every theme park in the area, you will not have a great vacation. Agree to a mix of activities you both enjoy.
~Eat at least one healthy meal a day. When we’re on vacation, we tend to eat everything in sight. Before we know it, we’re bloated and tired. Use a little common sense. Eat something green each day. You’ll feel better during and after your vacation.
~Factor in some down time. Don’t schedule action into every second of every day. Leave yourself time to rest and re-energize.
Common sense and a little planning will increase your vacation fun and your peaceful return.
Give yourself permission to dream. You probably had no problem dreaming as a kid. What happened to your ability to imagine and dream about what you want and who you want to be? When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream?
Pick up the dreams you’ve put aside over the years or start a new one. It’s never too late!
Breathe. Our breath constricts when we’re stressed. We forget to breathe. We need oxygen to live, to give us energy and keep us healthy, but deep breaths can also relax our minds and bodies.
Try it now. Sit back, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Feel your stress melt and peace enter your heart.
You’ll be glad you did.
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