Bring your vacation home for year-round stress relief

What vacation means to you?

Travelling takes us out of our coziness and inspires us to touch, taste and try a new worlds. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different individuals, to embrace adventures as they come and to share new and meaningful experiences with playmate and loved ones.

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Vacations have to end, but you can bring back their stress relief in several ways. If you do, you can easily remember your relaxed holiday feelings. Then, when you’re stressed, you can get some much-needed stress relief.

While you are on vacation, you can spend some time relaxing in a calm and quiet place. This can be an immediate source of stress relief, but it can also be used as a source of quick relief when you are back at home or at work.

Here are four ways to capture your vacation relaxation and take it home for year-round stress relief:

Connect a cue word While relaxing in that serene spot, repeat a cue word like “beach” or “sunset” or “relax.” Let the word reverberate and reverberate in the back of your mind. Let it be associated and connected with your deep state of relaxation. When you return from your vacation, use your cue word whenever you want to enjoy an “instant replay” of your relaxing experience.

Picture It Take a photo where you are on vacation. You can use your cell phone or a camera, but you can also intentionally take a picture in your mind’s eye. Concentrate on the scene and enjoy it. When you come back from your vacation, put the photo you took on your computer and mobile devices so that you can easily find it wherever you want and when you are under stress. When you want to go to sleep, use the image you have saved in your mind’s eye to calm your mind and relax your body.

Capture the sounds While relaxing in that special place on vacation, write down the sounds around you or record them with your cell phone. When you get home, download the recording or similar sounds from the Internet to your computer and mobile devices for easy reference when you need some stress relief from the soundtrack. The soundtrack can also be used to help you fall asleep faster.

Use a combo When you get home, combine all three sensory experiences you have stored by saying the cue word, visualizing the scene or looking at the picture, and listening to the sounds in your head or from a recording. Some people find it more effective to combine the cue word with just the image or just the soundtrack. If you don’t have the photo or don’t have a recording available, just combine what you have with your cue word.

Copyright © 2018 by Ronald G. Nathan, Ph.D.

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Why is vacation good for you?

Travel relieves stress and boosts testosterone

Travel has the ability to take you out of stressant and into new surroundings and experiences and this can reset your body and calm your mind. Even planning a adventure can have an fantastic effect on the body – it boosts happiness and feels rewarding.

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