“Take camp home with you” what my pop said to me as I cried like a little girl because it was time to go home. But this time I was in my thirties! Balling my eyes out, resisting the ride home. I knew it was because I was so unhappy in my work situation. I had a ton of stress and things were just not flowing the way I had imagined. I had to get out of it, but I had no idea how. Until the pivotal moment that my pop said “Take camp home with you”, and I actually listen to him.
I understood what he meant, in my heart I could feel it. It wasn’t about literally bringing camp home, it was about creating a life at home that reflected all the things I loved about camp. At least that was my interpretation of it. So began my journey into creating the life I wanted to really be living, instead of the life that I thought I SHOULD be living.
Over the weeks that followed I took to heart what my pop suggested and I began to live life from a simpler more relaxed state. Just like I love at camp…. I took more time alone, spent more much needed time in nature, and I began to set healthy boundaries at work that allowed me to actually go to camp more!!!!
I learned this lesson years ago, but it’s something that I still practice on a regular basis. In fact it’s something that my husband and close friends do as well. We support each other on our quest to living a joyful life all while fulfilling our purpose. It’s not about being on an actual permanent vacation forever. It’s about creating a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. Enjoying life now and having vacation be a special time; instead of a small time frame in life where I get to get away from my life.
Everyone of us enjoys and rejuvenates from different things. Here are some questions that may be helpful in discerning the types of habits you want to bring home from vacation with you.
- What are the top things you love about vacation?
- How are these things different at home from when your on vacation?
- Can you think of any alternative ways to create the feeling of vacation at home?
- Are there areas of your life that are making you unhappy?
- If yes, what are they?
- Once you’ve listed them out prioritize them with the things you dislike the most first. if you need some help discerning pay attention to your emotions with each specific item.
- Make it your number one focus to eliminate the number one item on your list. If this it’s not something you can eliminate right away, then take the time to think of simple things that can improve the situation. If they are super simple you may think about just ignoring them, but DON’T! Simple small changes can create a big shift of momentum.
Some Simple Tips for Decreasing Stress -A few ideas to get you started or at least get you thinking of ways to bring vacation home with you.
- Take 5 minute breaks during the day. get up and stretch, take a deep breathe, eat a snack, drink some water, call a friend, do some jumping jacks. read something inspiring. reward yourself for the work you’ve already done. This is a tip to be aware of at home too. Take breaks during house chores. There will always be something to do around the house, so you might as well take a break.
- Go outside or open a window. Be present, take in all the natural beauty around you. Let the fresh air and new energy revive you. I live in Upstate New York where winters can be frigid. I have learned to connect with nature in any way I can. I have plants and rocks in my home. I sit in the window and let the sun hit my face on the rare days it shines and at least once a week I open up all the windows and turn off the heat even just for five minutes to get new fresh air in the house. This has helped so much. It improves my mood tremendously.
- Create a relaxing space at home. Anywhere will work. You can take a bath, do some yoga, meditate in your closet. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make a comfortable clean space for you to take a mini vaca.