Have you ever noticed that the way you choose to spend your time off affects how you feel about yourself and how you show up in your life?
I recently got back from a super dreamy vacation to Tulum Mexico where I melted into absolute bliss - it was everything a vacation ‘should’ be: relaxing, adventurous and delicious. I practiced yoga on the ocean and in tree houses, I joined a traditional Mayan sweat lodge that focused on personal transformation, I relaxed on the beach and ate tacos made from coconut flour and as much ceviche as I wanted. I left feeling excited, inspired and most importantly rejuvenated.
As my days in Mexico came to an end, I found myself a little nervous to come back home - will all of my restorative benefits from vacation dissipate as soon as I’m sitting in LA traffic en route home?
I realized that this thought was a little limiting - my peace of mind didn’t need to disappear because I was no longer in the tropics. In fact, I have so much power to shift my personal mindset when it comes to ‘time off’ .
While our physical environment has a big impact on our minds, it is not the sole determinant of our personal happiness. AKA - just because you’re in a pretty and calm place doesn’t mean that you automatically get granted nirvana.
Did you know that the average adult makes 35,000 choices every day? I was really surprised by this number - but it makes sense if you think about it. Whether it is conscious or subconscious, making decisions is part of human nature - and the choices we make in the moments throughout our day have a massive impact in how we feel and ultimately what we manifest in our lives.
We have the power to make choices that ignite us or ones that drag us down. Take an honest look at activities that are draining your energy, like:
- Scrolling through social media
- Mindless eating
- Constant worrying or self criticism
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Calorie / macro counting
- Spending time with "frenemies"
All of these activities end up distracting ourselves from bigger emotions that we feel and have learned to suppress. We are notoriously good at this - especially because we now live in a digital world that pulls our attention in so many directions, it can be easy to slip into autopilot and disengage from our problems. But the flip side of this - is it also makes us disengage from our intuition and limit us from living our fullest lives.
Reclaim your Mojo
The truth is that when you can engage in activities that help you ‘check back in’, we can make more fulfilling and aligned choices.
What types of activities excite you and help you reconnect with the life you want to create for yourself? This is the foundation to wellness and can shift your experience - so you’re no longer living for the weekends.
Because you deserve to live your best life.
The beautiful thing is that there is no one answer for any of us. For me this looks like:
- Savoring a cup of coffee on my balcony
- Taking a neighborhood walk
- Hiking by myself or with friends
- Creating delicious pieces of art in the kitchen (while making an absolute mess)
- Chatting with friends and family
- Surrounding myself with like minded business owners who inspire me to thrive
And just like that, I have shifted the feeling about coming home from vacation or bouncing back from a weekend. Small reminders can help shift the feeling of dread to feeling ignited, inspired and connected.
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